Rumours had circulated for a while now Legendary Pictures (Pacific Rim, Godzilla) were eyeing the rights to produce a live-action feature film based on Game Freak’s incredibly successful Pokémon video game franchise, but few would have expected them to go after this particular catch.
According to multiple sources such as Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter, Legendary Pictures and The Pokémon Company have announced plans to produce live-action movies based on the franchise, with the first being fast-track to start production in 2017.
The first film will be based on Great Detective Pikachu, a Nintendo 3DS download-exclusive game released in Japan back in February. Starring an intelligent and talkative iteration of the franchise’s famous yellow mascot, who alongside his human companion Tim Goodman, gather evidence to sold mysteries in Rhyme City. A localised release for the game has yet to be announced, but fans are already begging for Danny DeVito to take on the lead role.
The movie will be distributed by Universal Pictures outside of Japan, where the picture will be handled by Toho. Previously, a whopping nineteen animated movies based on the Pokémon television anime series have been released theatrically in Japan, with the latest, Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Exquisite Magearna having opened in Japan last Saturday.
Although the series has remained a top-selling franchise throughout its twenty year history, it is currently witnessing a pop culture renaissance due to the overwhelming success of Niantic’s Pokémon GO mobile game.
What do you think of the Detective Pikachu movie and what other big screen Pokémon adventures would you like to see?