Legendary Pictures Eyeing Live Action Pokemon Film
It’s been barely a week since Pokémon GO was launched in Australia, and just days since it has been released in the United States and Europe, but already Nintendo and Niantic owned augmented reality game has been so hugely successful that you can’t leave your house without passing dozens of people of all ages with their faces buried in their smart phones hunting high and low for Pokémon all over your city.
The game has been so successful in fact, that in just a matter of days since its launch, Nintendo saw its stock market value jump by about (US) 9 billion dollars!
Since then, the game has been consistently one of the top trending topics on social media, and its user numbers are already on par with Twitter and have surpassed dating apps such as Tinder. That’s a lot of people swiping to throw Pokéballs rather than swiping for a one night stand. So needless to say, this is huge!
Pokémon has always been one of the most popular gaming franchises in history, and this huge surge in Pokémon’s popularity seems to be a combination of availability and nostalgia factor. Pokémon never really went anywhere, it’s always been a mammoth money maker for Nintendo. But until the release of PokémonGO, the games have primarily only been available on the Nintendo handheld systems such as Gameboy, Gameboy Advance, DS, 2DS and 3DS. We don’t all own a Nintendo 3DS, but most of us do own one or more smartphones or a tablet.
This is testament to the popularity of Nintendo and GameFreak’s mega franchise, and now Deadline is reporting that Legendary Pictures is nearing a deal to secure the live-action film rights to Pokémon. Deadline writer Mike Fleming Jr writes:
“Legendary Pictures is moving toward a deal to land the rights to make a live-action film based on the decades-old pocket monster game from Japan that has gotten a giant second wind since the release of the new app. Details are scant at this point, and no deal has been closed, but I am persuaded that it’s headed that way.”
This could be a disaster, it could be pretty great, but either way it’s a huge deal for a studio with such an outstanding reputation for films such as Godzilla, Pacific Rim and the highly anticipated upcoming Kong: Skull Island.
What do you think? Should Pokémon be adapted in live action? Would you see a live action Pokémon film? And even if Legendary does catch that deal (see what I did there?) with Nintendo, it’ll likely be quite some time before a live action film goes into production.