According to Deadline, Legendary Pictures is in the lead to acquire the rights to make a live-action movie based on the popular Nintendo video game. For those who have never played Pokemon, you play as a young trainer who is tasked with catching adorable monsters and them pitting them against each other in battle.
There’s been a surge of interest in Pokemon in the past several days since the release of the popular app, Pokemon GO, which is an AR game that puts Pokemon in the real world and you can see them on your smartphone screen.
Deadline reports “Details are scant at this point, and no deal has been closed, but I am persuaded that it’s headed that way. Attempts to get comment from Legendary were unavailing, and calls to Pokemon USA were not returned.”
Legendary studios saw mixed success with its video game adaptation of Warcraft earlier this year, a film that tanked in the U.S., but was a smashing success in China.
But while Warcraft is steeped in mythology and the movie suffers a bit for trying to address all that mythology, Pokemon could be a much easier sell. It’s kid-friendly, could easily fit in the formula of a sports film, and is designed to reach a wide audience.
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I think a Pokémon movie would be fun but only if it was done right. I doubt I would go to the cinema to see it though although 3D might be quite cool, again if it was done right – I would think it would be a prime market for it. I used to watch the TV programs and they were good and may have spent a few hours playing the games… oh and the cards too I may have a few of those…….It’s funny now as grown adults casually playing and talking about the app game when no ‘cool’ person ever admitted before 10+ years ago that they played it……how times change!
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