Following its rampaging success around the world, Legendary Pictures is reportedly looking into developing a live-action film based on the “Pokemon GO” mobile game.
Plans for a live-action film based on the “Pokemon” property have long been in the works but have been stuck in development hell for years. With the augmented reality game now exploding over social media, attention is turning back towards the property – though no specific deals have been worked out at this point.
The first “Pokemon” game debuted in Japan in 1996 and transformed into extensive library of video game titles, a popular trading card game, and an anime and film series.
Nineteen animated Pokemon movies have been produced and distributed since 1998, though only five have played in theaters in the United States. Warner Bros. distributed the first three films, which brought in $85 million, $43 million, and $17 million as the domestic box office, respectively.
“Pokemon GO” offers players the chance to catch, trade, and battle in the real world by utilizing GPS location information – players exploring their neighborhoods, communities and the world they live in to discover Pokemon alongside friends and other players.
It has also been the basis for some interesting news stories ranging from awkward placement of characters in locations like graveyards and sex shops, to one teenager apparently stumbling across a dead body.