Pokémon films have always been a bit of a mixed bag, with most of the films following the third film being relatively unmemorable. With the 20th Anniversary of Pokémon underway, we’re seeing ideas pop out like crazy: new trading cards, mobile games Pokémon Comaster and Pokémon GO, and of course the main series release of Pokémon Sun and Moon.
Based on an article written at the Hollywood Reporter, Legendary Pictures is vying to purchase the rights to make a live-action Pokémon film, competing against Sony and Warner Bros. The deal is significant because of the fact that Legendary Pictures is a Chinese-based company; owning the rights from a Japanese company is bound to bring about its fair share of conflicts and tensions. The tensions stem from Japan’s criticism of China’s territorial ambitions and cultural bans of Japanese films for several years.
It’s about time that the series gets a live-action film. Played right, like the live-action Disney remake of The Jungle Book (out today, too!), this could be a huge step to bring the series to a larger audience.