Legendary Entertainment has beaten out rival film companies to acquire the film rights to the Pokémon franchise.
Pokémon is the hot thing right now thanks to the wild success of Pokémon Go. It seemed inevitable that a live-action film would appear somewhere down the pipeline, and low and behold, a film company has successfully acquired the rights to do just that.
Variety is reporting that Legendary Entertainment has won the film rights to the Pokémon franchise, beating back Warner Bros. and Sony. The film company will partner with the Pokémon Company to release the first live-action Pokémon film, Detective Pikachu. Details about the film are being kept on the down-low, but Legendary has confirmed the film will be fast-tracked with production starting in 2017. Universal Pictures will distribute the film outside of Japan, which they’ve been doing since 2014.
This is definitely a big move for Nintendo and Legendary Entertainment who have both had bad luck adapting games into films. Nintendo has avoided the big screen since the disastrous 1993 Super Mario Bros. film. Legendary was responsible for this year’s Warcraft, which premiered to scathing reviews and a low box office return in North America. Hopefully both companies will have more success with their Pokémon partnership.