If Pokemon Go was not enough, next in the line is the live-action adaptation of Detective Pikachu. Legendary Pictures and the Pokemon Company has come together for Detective Pikachu in the impression of the iconic yellow electric mouse.
The video game was released earlier this year in Japan and revolves around the titular pocket monster as the beady sleuth wearing a hat and communicating with humans. Detective Pikachu plot is based on the team up between the iconic mouse and a boy named Tim, and their quest to find the boy’s missing father.
However, it is not yet known whether the film will be based around the same plot, the Verge reported. The bidding for the franchise’s film rights that started last week seemed to have finally ended with the collaboration between Legendary and the Pokemon Company, who both announced the partnership on Wednesday.
Not much is known about the plot or no big name is being associated with the film as of yet. The film, however, is expected to start production in 2017. Reportedly, Detective Pikachu is flirtatious and more matured than its animated counterpart.
According to a report by the Yahoo News, following the unprecedented success of the augmented reality game Pokemon Go, in which the players have to go about the city collecting the monsters, the Legendary Pictures sped up the process of finalizing the deal with the Japanese company.
While Universal Pictures will manage the distribution of Detective Pikachu outside Japan, Toho will handle the process within the country.
Satoshi Tajiri first created Pokemon, which is a franchise of video game, TV shows, trading cards, movies and comic books. The plot involves Pokemon Trainers who collect the monsters and train them to partake in sports battle.
Pokémon: The First Movie — Mewtwo Strikes Back was the first film, which was released in 1998 and a total number of 19 films have been made so far based on the property.