Legendary Pictures “moving toward a deal.”
With Pokémon GO making headlines and reigniting peoples’ passion with the franchise to the point that we’re willingly going outside, it feels like we’ve fallen into some sort of time-warp and gone back to the 90’s when the popular monster catching series was at its peak popularity. And just like the 90’s, movie studios are looking to cash in on its success (though I suppose that’s one thing that hasn’t actually changed at all).
Back in April, there were already rumblings of Hollywood attempting to get a live-action Pokémon movie off the ground, with reports of Legendary Pictures (the studio behind the likes of The Hunger Games and the recent Warcraft movie) “aggressively” pursuing a movie deal. Warner Bros. had also thrown their hat into the ring, having previously released the first three animated Pokémon movies in cinemas.
Recently, Deadline has now reported that “all Hollywood has renewed the chase for a deal to turn into a Pokémon feature film,” with the aforementioned Legendary Pictures “moving toward a deal.” Deadline stresses that “no deal has been closed” and information is still very scarce.
Nintendo has stated in the past that they’re more open to having movies made based on their franchises but given the failure of 1993’s live-action Super Mario Bros. movie, it still seems a bit unlikely that they would allow a studio to give Pokémon the same treatment.
Pokémon Go‘s success has resulted in adding $9 billion to Nintendo’s market cap, and it’s still only available in North America, Australia and New Zealand, with releases in other countries soon to follow.