After a tough bidding war for the Pokemon film rights, Legendary Entertainment ended up being the winner. And now, together with the Pokémon Company, they will be releasing the first Pokemon film in 2017, titled “Great Detective Pikachu.”
To those who are not familiar with the aforementioned title, the “Great Detective Pikachu” is a game that was released earlier in this year in Japan and developed by Creatures. The company handled many of the Pokémon spin-off titles. The game let’s you play with a new Pikachu that can speak, and let’s you solve crimes together.
While it may look odd that they chose to use this game as the basis for the first live-action Pokémon film, but it looks like the guys at Legendary Entertainment already has this figured out.
Reports just came out that the film outfit just tapped Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch – writers from Guardians of the Galaxy and Gravity Falls, respectively – to write the script of the Pikachu-centered live-action film.
When questioned about his work on Gravity Falls, Alex Hirsch said,
I feel like the best kids shows aren’t just for kids. The best kids shows have something in [them] for everyone. As you grow up, you’re increasingly proud to be a fan of the show, rather than getting to an age where you suddenly become embarrassed that you ever liked it because it’s only for seven-year-olds.
Pokémon has the highest per-film worldwide box-office average of all anime film franchises. The first Pokémon film, the aptly titled Pokémon: The First Movie, took in a worldwide box office of $163.6 million. Pokémon: The Movie 2000, on the other hand, brought in a respectable $133.9 million.
With the Pokemon Go craze still on-going, Legendary Entertainment is hoping to cash in with the hype.