Live-Action Pikachu Pokemon Films Planned

Legendary Entertainment and The Pokemon Company have announced that they will partner to launch the first-ever “Pokemon” live-action film franchise based on the Detective Pikachu character.

The world first met Detective Pikachu through a video game in Japan, and further details of how his story will be told are being kept under wraps.

Production is being fast-tracked with filming to start next year and release will be handled outside of Japan by Universal Pictures. Toho will handle the film’s distribution within Japan.

First introduced in Japan in 1996, Pokemon has delighted fans of all ages around the world with more than 279 million video games sold worldwide and an animated series spanning ninteen seasons. The recently launched “Pokemon Go” app has become a cultural phenomenon.

Source: Legendary Entertainment