By Jay Hunter – Rumours have been circulating for the past few months about Legendary possibly picking up the rights to a live-action Pokemon movie, however after the phenomenal success of Pokemon Go, those talks went into overdrive.
Pokemon is a very hot commodity once again and according to The Hollywood Reporter, Legendary have finalised an agreement with The Pokemon Company for multiple live-action movies. The first movie that is set for our screens is Detective Pikachu, based on the point-and-click game for the Nintendo 3DS. Whilst the movies plot will most likely revolve around the same elements of the game, no other details have yet been released. Speculation surrounding the project suggests Chronicle writer Max Landis will pen the script.
Pokemon’s original audience will now be firmly in their mid 20’s of course, so many will perhaps be disappointed with the start to the live-action film universe. Whilst it may make sense using the Pokemon icon for a standalone movie from a marketing standpoint, Detective Pikachu will most likely be more kid friendly than many would’ve hoped.
Legendary’s live-action Detective Pikachu movie is expected to begin production in 2017.