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On the heels of Pokemon Go fever, Legendary has closed a deal for the film rights for the iconic Japanese property.
Legendary and The Pokemon Co. on Wednesday announced that they will launch the first Pokemon live-action film franchise based on Detective Pikachu, a new character in the Pokemon universe.
They recently launched mobile version of the Nintendo video game franchise has become so popular in such a short amount of time that Comic-Con moved a panel for mobile game from a smaller venue to the massive Hall H. And now that the movie rights have officially been snagged by Legendary Pictures it sounds like sometime down the road they’ll be back at Comic-Con with a movie.
Deadline reports Legendary has officially closed a deal for the movie rights to Pokemon after the studio emerged as a frontrunner about a week ago. Since Pokemon Go took off, many studios had renewed interest in the popular property, and whenever a movie actually rolls around it’s bound to drum up plenty of interest. However, some fans may be a little perplexed about the direction of the movie when they hear what angle Legendary is looking to use
Here is what’s being said:
The game follows a peculiar talking Pikachu who, despite not being as powerful and nimble as other Pikachu of his kind, is rather intelligent and claims to be a great detective. One day, Pikachu encounters a boy named Tim Goodman, who is able to understand what he is saying. Thus, the two begin working together to solve various mysteries revolving around Pokémon in the city.
This seems like a weird direction for the movie to take, but there have been plenty of movies about kids befriending odd creatures, so maybe it’s not that crazy of an idea. The question is just how much of the standard gameplay and elements will make it into the movie.
There are rumors swirling about Chronicle writer Max Landis being in the running to write the script, but that hasn’t been confirmed.