Last week we had heard that Legendary Pictures was close on completing a deal for the live-action film rights to the popular anime, video game and card game Pokemon. Today, it has been announced that the studio has indeed acquired the rights from both The Pokemon Company and Nintendo to adapt the long living franchise into a feature film. It has been revealed however that the adaptation will not be based off the popular anime which follows protagonist Ash on his quest to become a Pokemon master. Or follow the video games which follows Red take down the terrorist organization Team Rocket. It will however adapt from a Japanese Pokemon 3DS game Detective Pikachu. The studio also wants to fast track production on the film to start filming sometime in 2017.
The story follows a peculiar talking Pikachu who, despite not being as powerful and nimble as other Pikachu of his kind, is rather intelligent and claims to be a great detective. One day, Pikachu encounters a boy named Tim Goodman, who is able to understand what he is saying. Thus, the two begin working together to solve various mysteries revolving around Pokémon in the city.
It’s unknown if Chronicle scribe Max Landis is still on board to write this feature film adaption.