Rumor: The Pokemon Company courting Hollywood for “big-budget live-action movie”

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A top-secret auction for film rights to the Pokemon franchise is nearing completion with Thomas Tull’s Legendary Entertainment attempting to nudge aside Warner Bros., which has pursued the property aggressively, according to sources. Sony also is said to be very interested.

A spokesperson for Legendary, which since January is a division of China's Dalian Wanda Group, declined to comment. But the notion of a Chinese-owned company acquiring a beloved Japanese property could raise a stir given historic tensions between the two countries.

The Pokemon Co., the Japanese outfit that manages the rights to the franchise spun from the hit Nintendo game, has been courting Hollywood to launch a big-budget live-action movie. Warner Bros. was among the early favorites to take the task on considering it already released the animated Pokemon: The First Movie in 1999 (it grossed $165 million worldwide) and two low-budget sequels.


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Eh. We'll see. The last thing Pokemon needs is another avenue to pander to genwunners.

Well, this is new.


I hope this is false.


Make the movie similar to Jurassic Park with the Safari Zone and it could work.

Heck, make the title of the movie just be Safari Zone and Pokemon fans and movie fans will understand the movie immediately.

Live action....Gross.

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A live action Pokémon movie.

It just sounds horrible.

Not a fan of live action movies..

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Why not CGI animated movies? That fits Nintendo's IP better than live action crap.

Anyone remember this?

...yeah, me neither...

Ultrashroomz said:
Anyone remember this?

...yeah, me neither...

Burn. It. Now.

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