For a few months now we’ve been hearing rumors that Legendary Entertainment is close to acquiring the rights to a live-action Pokémon movie. As it turns out, these rumors are correct, but the movie probably isn’t what you expected. Rather than creating a live-action adaptation of Ash Ketchum’s story, Legendary will be turning Great Detective Pikachu into a film. If you’re unfamiliar with the IP, it’s a Japan-only (at least for now) 3DS game that features a talking, crime-solving Pikachu.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that The Pokémon Company and Legendary have closed a deal on the movie rights (and sources indicate that Netflix was also a contender), and the film will begin production next year. Toho will handle distribution of the movie in Japan, while Universal Studios will be in charge of distribution everywhere else. So far we don’t have any details on the plot or cast, but we’ll keep you up to date as more news is announced!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter