Guardians of the Galaxy, Gravity Falls Writers in Talks for Live-Action Pokémon Film

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Legendary Entertainment to start production in 2017, will feature Detective Pikachu character

Entertainment news source Variety reported on Tuesday that screenwriters Alex Hirsch and Nicole Perlman are in negotiations with Legendary Entertainment to write its planned live-action Pokémon film.

Alex Hirsch created Disney's recently concluded Gravity Falls animated series, and has worked as a storyboard artist on the Cartoon Network series The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack. Nicole Perlman co-wrote the script for the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, and is co-writing the script of the Captain Marvel film as well as co-developing the proposed third Sherlock Holmes film starring Robert Downey, Jr.

The live-action Pokémon film will start production in 2017, and will feature the Detective Pikachu character, which debuted in the Meitantei Pikachu Nintendo 3DS game earlier this year in February.

Toho will distribute the film in Japan, while Universal Pictures will distribute the film outside of Japan.

Legendary Entertainment acquired the live-action film rights for the Pokémon franchise last month. The Hollywood Reporter reported in April that Legendary Entertainment, Warner Bros., and Sony were engaged in an auction for the rights. Warner already released several of the animated Pokémon films, starting with Pokemon: The First Movie in North American theaters in 1999. Warner then released Pokemon 2000 - The Movie and 2001's Pokemon 3 - The Movie.

Source: Variety (Justin Kroll)

Update: Typo fixed. Thanks, _Faust

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