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Update: Legendary Pictures have scooped up the rights to live-action Pokemon

07.20.2016

Pokemon live-action film

Update: Well, it's official. Deadline has confirmed that Legendary Pictures have now closed a deal to launch the first live-action film franchise based upon Pokémon. Production on the project is expected to begin next year and will apparently revolve around Detective Pikachu, "a new character and story in the Pokémon universe. The world first met Detective Pikachu through a video game in Japan, and further details of how his story will be told are being kept under wraps for the moment."

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Over the past week it seems that you can't go anywhere, either online or in the waking world, without hearing all about people playing Pokémon Go. The recently released app lets players create an avatar which moves throughout the game map as you travel through the real world searching for Pokémon. There's definitely more to it than that, but long story short, Pokémon Go has become absolutely huge and has given the franchise a major boost.

As with most things that enjoy a sudden resurgence in popularity, there's been a rush to scoop up the film rights. Deadline is reporting that Legendary Pictures is looking to move towards a deal in order to land the rights to make a live-action film based on the franchise. The bidding war over Pokémon actually kicked off several months ago with Legendary, Sony, and Warner Bros. all in the mix, but it seems that Legendary may walk away with the big Pokéball. The franchise has always been big business, but there's no denying that Pokémon Go's popularity has brought in a new legion of fans hungry for more. There have been over a dozen Pokémon films released over the years, but should this deal go through, it would be the first official live-action feature film adaptation of the franchise.

How do you feel about a live-action Pokémon film?

Source: Deadline

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9:05AM on 07/21/2016
This game is utterly ridiculous. When I'm out walking the dog, I see packs of kids everywhere playing this thing. Whatever Legendary paid for the rights, they have to fast track a movie before the giant hype dwindles down.
This game is utterly ridiculous. When I'm out walking the dog, I see packs of kids everywhere playing this thing. Whatever Legendary paid for the rights, they have to fast track a movie before the giant hype dwindles down.
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8:54PM on 07/20/2016
Just because people like playing Pokemon GO does not mean that a Pokemon movie will be a massive hit. Or that those people like watching Pokemon on TV. Playing the game is totally different than watching the TV show.

Legendary Pictures must think otherwise though. Sure. It will still make good money, but I don't think it will come close to what they are hoping for. At least not in the US.
Just because people like playing Pokemon GO does not mean that a Pokemon movie will be a massive hit. Or that those people like watching Pokemon on TV. Playing the game is totally different than watching the TV show.

Legendary Pictures must think otherwise though. Sure. It will still make good money, but I don't think it will come close to what they are hoping for. At least not in the US.
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8:43PM on 07/13/2016
Nintendo has to get on making this a thing. The new game is all they need for a little push to finally do this. I wonder if they're still scared because of how shitty the Mario Bros movie was.
Nintendo has to get on making this a thing. The new game is all they need for a little push to finally do this. I wonder if they're still scared because of how shitty the Mario Bros movie was.
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11:02AM on 07/13/2016
Just make the new Pokemon Go into a movie and you got yourself a hit.
Just make the new Pokemon Go into a movie and you got yourself a hit.
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9:52PM on 07/12/2016

A dark, gritty Pokemon movie

Sure, why the fuck not?
Sure, why the fuck not?
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9:13AM on 07/13/2016
Ash thanked the professor for the awesome gift now hanging in a pokeball at his waste when he heard an explosion. Running outside he saw his house in flames. He heard is mother cry out from inside. As he sprinted towards the front door a second explosion rocked the house.

Walking from the other side of the flames was someone Ash couldn't make out through the smoke. And behind him, a massive orange dragon with rage in its eyes.

"Ash, you fool, give me the pokemon at your waist or I will
Ash thanked the professor for the awesome gift now hanging in a pokeball at his waste when he heard an explosion. Running outside he saw his house in flames. He heard is mother cry out from inside. As he sprinted towards the front door a second explosion rocked the house.

Walking from the other side of the flames was someone Ash couldn't make out through the smoke. And behind him, a massive orange dragon with rage in its eyes.

"Ash, you fool, give me the pokemon at your waist or I will obliterate you and this whole crummy village."

Ash slowly stood trying to see who was walking towards him. Then Professor Oak rushed past.

"Red, what have you done?" With that the professor through down a poke ball and out flew a giant blue dragon. The blue dragon immediately started dousing the house with water but Ash could tell it was too late. The realization that his mother was gone struck him as he began to sob uncontrollably.

He looked up in time to see Red and his dragon run into the woods. Suddenly his sadness was replaced by rage. Red would pay.
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