Legendary Pictures will soon be working on …a live-action Pokémon movie?

By ·July 21, 2016 4:41 pm

Legendary Pictures have confirmed that they have in fact gained the film rights for the Pokémon franchise and are hoping to begin production at some point in 2017.

Okay, cool. According to various sources, Universal Pictures are to distribute the film internationally. Well, everywhere except in Japan – That honour goes to Toto Pictures. Rumours state that Netflix was also interested in purchasing the rights, but hey, you can’t win them all, right?

Plot and character details are yet to be revealed, but the film is reportedly based around the recent Detective Pikachu: Birth of a New Duo game. No cast details have been reported either as of this moment, but we here at TheNerdRecites highly doubt that the brilliant Danny DeVito will be voicing Pikachu, much to the disappointment of many from the online community.

It’s currently unclear just how close the Legendary Pictures film will stick to the source material, so all we can really do at this point is sit and wait for any news to be unveiled, which will then be passed onto you guys. Either way, it’s actually kind of exciting to know that a live-action Pokémon movie is in the works, especially from a movie studio such as Legendary Pictures. Let’s hope they can do Pokémon justice.


A poster for the Detective Pikachu game.

For those that don’t know – Detective Pikachu is a recent 3DS game released in Japan that sees a guy named Tim Goodman arrive in Rhyme City to search for his missing father. Teaming up with titular Pokémon, the pair go off to solve crimes, mysteries, and puzzles. Crimes are solved by talking to various witnesses, both Human and Pokémon, and piecing together what you have been told. A date has yet to be given regarding a US and European release, but we’re sure it’s only a matter of time.


Written by Oliver Ducker

Gaming and Comics Writer

Oliver is a graduate of computer science and games development, and an aspiring 2D and 3D graphic artist.

He is a huge fan of villains, anti-villains, and anti-heroes in media.
His specialist subjects involve The Punisher, Deadpool, Batman and his Rogues Gallery, Pokémon, LOST, and Middle-Earth.

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