Report: Hollywood Scrambling To Make Live-Action Pokémon Movie

Report: Hollywood Scrambling To Make Live-Action Pokémon Movie

Deadline is reporting that, in the wake of Pokémon GO*’s instant and massive success, “all Hollywood has renewed the chase for a deal to turn Pokémon into a feature film.”

Seems that attempts to make a live-action Pokémon movie have been humming in the background for a while now, but these have now gone into overdrive, with Deadline saying that Legendary Pictures “is moving toward a deal”.

The report says there have been whispers of a “scenario” recently where Max Landis (Chronicle) would write while Legendary made the film. “Everything went silent” a few months back, but now that Pokémon GO has taken over the planet, “it’s come back around”.

A live-action Pokémon movie? Really? Nintendo refuses to hand over the rights to its franchises for decades after the Super Mario Bros. movie disaster, and now that its ready to get back in the game folks are talking about this? Time is a flat circle.


  • Please make Aaron Paul the rival and Bryan Cranston professor Oak;

    “Choose a starter, bitch”

    I dunno why, but I have the weirdest erection right now. Well off to the doctor I go.

  • Not live action… oh god… the pokemon will look cheesey against real world objects, or they make the pokemon look more real world and they discconect from the franchise and look crazy with kids chasing down gaint frog lizard monsters that have flowering ferns for backpacks.

    As a Pixar Style digital animation, yeah, but they have to stop the god level pokemon stories the straight to video movies have.

    • I could see it working as a green screen bonanza, like Spykids etc. The real world starts and ends with the actors pretty much.

  • Nintendo still hasn’t forgiven Hollywood for Super Mario Bros

    Remember the rumoured Metroid film talks? Apparently they fell apart when the studio expressed interest in taking liberties with Samus’s past.

    Maybe this might play out a bit better………….though I’m not holding my breath.

  • … Or you could just go play Pokemon go and not worry about Hollywood

    I can never figure this out. An interactive experience which is successful somehow needs a non-interactive stablemate because reasons.

  • However what we’re actually likely to see is POKEMON GO turned into a movie rather than the Pokemon we know and love… remember that. We won’t see Ash, Brock and Misty running around with Team Rocket, we’ll see 2 or 3 ‘teens’ running around ‘New York’ with Pokemon who come through a portal and can only be seen ‘with their smart phones as they emit a signal’ or some such crap.

    Ugh. I think I just nailed what they’ll end up doing. It’ll practically be Smurfs 3…

  • Some games lend themselves well to live action adaptations.

    I don’t believe pokemon is one of them. Just leave it as an anime series

  • A pokemon movie aimed at the masses of adults now playing Go could be decent. Make it more real, proper violence etc rather than a kiddy version.

      • No..I’m just picturing a Pokemon movie along the lines of iron man, avengers etc. If it’s done right it could be great…the reality would never hold up to it though.

        • movie aimed at the masses of adults

          along the lines of iron man, avengers etc.

          …What do you want? A movie for adults or not?

  • I really don’t understand this recent fascination with turning animated series/movies into live action. Is it because of the stigma that many people still believe cartoons are for children?

    • Money. Sucking it from a class of adults that are increasingly not letting go of their childhood. That’s the reason.

  • How can this be live action? I can’t imagine how Pokemon can suddenly appear in America without random people trying to shoot at them…

  • I love that whenever Hollywood picks up an interest in something for Japan, they completely ignore any and all existing animated shows and/or movies that were made from it, as though only a live-action movie from Hollywood can give it true relevance.

    Oh wait, did I say love? I meant hate.

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