Legendary Entertainment and The Pokémon Company have announced today (July 21st) that Legendary Pictures have officially acquired the rights to produce a live-action Pokémon movie. Set to begin production in 2017, the film will feature franchise mascot Pikachu as his 3DS alter-ego as of February this year, Detective Pikachu. Toho will be distributing the film in Japan, while Universal Pictures hold that responsibility in other territories.
Last week’s report from Deadline saw Legendary “moving towards” closing a deal for the rights, following the explosive launch of the Pokémon GO augmented reality app. Back in April, word of an auction by the Pokémon Company was circulating, with Sony and Warner Bros. also in the running at that time. In addition, Deadline mentioned that rumours have arisen of Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis being considered to pen a script.