Finally! After 20 years of success through video games, trading cards, animated TV shows and movies, the biggest property of my childhood is getting a live-action movie. Right now, several major studios (including Sony and Warner Bros) are in a bidding war to win the rights to make a live-action Pokemon movie. No further details regarding the development of the project is known, except that the company has every intention of making this movie.
Anytime the idea of a Pokemon live-action movie is brought up, it immediately becomes a conversation of “how?”. As in how does a studio make a movie with live-action versions of the Pokemon creatures? Ten years ago, that would’ve been a more difficult question to answer. However, film technology is constantly advancing, bringing to life the creatures and worlds that we only thought were only possible through video games and animation. The Jungle Book is the most recent evidence of this, and even this summer’s Warcraft looks to further push the boundaries of CGI .
There are currently over 700 Pokemon, officially. However, I think whoever makes this movie will stick to the original 151 Pokemon. That was the core of my passion for the property, and what many adults today are familiar with.Yes, this will be a movie for kids, but lets be honest, Pokemon today isn’t as popular as it was in the late 90’s and early 00’s. So much potential lies within a Pokemon live-action movie, and it’ll take producers who are actually passionate about the property to make this movie great. We’ve seen what happens when studios try and half-ass an adaptation (Dragonball Evolution, The Last Airbender). This is not the property you want to screw up if you’re a studio.