New Pokémon Movie Confirmed; Time to Meet Detective Pikachu in Action
Still in the comforts of the Pokémon Go ecstasy? Here’s the good news for you. Film company Legendary Entertainment has announced that a live-action Pokémon film franchise will enter production in 2017. Legendary Entertainment just acquired the rights in a new deal with the Pokémon Co. to turn the franchise into a feature film. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Pokémon movie will be an action genre based around Detective Pikachu.
Detective Pikachu is a new character in the Pokémon universe introduced through a video game in Japan earlier this year for Nintendo 3D games. In the game, players control a character called Tim Goodman, a boy who solves mysteries with the help of a talking Pikachu. This game came out in Japan for 3Ds and has not been confirmed for a US release. It isn’t the first time that Legendary Entertainment is releasing a film based on Video games–the company recently released the film Warcraft in cinemas that is based on the top ranking game World of Warcraft.
The details of the Pokémon movie plot have not been released yet, but it’s said that the story will be based on Detective Pikachu’s live-action affair. Legendary hopes to commence production in 2017 and Universal Pictures will distribute the film globally except in Japan where distribution will be done by Toho Pictures. Trusted sources told the Hollywood reporter that Netflix was also interested in the rights, which shows an astute move considering the success of Niantic’s Pokémon Go video game.
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