Gotta catch ’em all! And by “all” I do mean childhood-favourite cartoons being turned into larger-than-life films. Right now, some of Hollywood’s biggest studios are currently in a bidding war to acquire the rights to turn Pokémon into its own live-action movie.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “a top-secret auction for film rights” with companies like Legendary Entertainment, Warner Bros., and Sony is in full swing.
Warner Bros. was among the earliest of studios to show interest, having released the animated Pokémon: The First Movie back in 1999, which went on to gross $165 million worldwide.
However, THR is also reporting that the Chinese-owned Legendary is closest to winning the rights which could cause conflict in the industry given the fact that Pokémon is of Japanese origin. Historical friction between the two countries is very prevalent, even today.
Whichever studio ends up taking on the live-action Pokémon film, the finished product will almost definitely go one of two ways. It will either follow in the successful path that Disney live-action films have carved out or it will sink into the forgtotten wasteland of terrible adaptions like M. Night Shyamalan‘s The Last Airbender, based on the Nickelodeon series, Avatar: The Last Airbender, created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko.
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