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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Hollywood Still Wants Pokémon On The Big Screen

It sounds as though Hollywood is on a quest to Catch 'Em All.

After Nintendo enjoyed a $9-Billion stock price jump  following the launch of Pokémon GO in the United States, Hollywood has renewed its interest to turn the popular video game franchise into a long overdue live-action movie.

According to Deadline, Legendary Pictures is moving forward with a deal to land the rights to make a live-action film based off of the mega popular Pokémon brand. The studio had previously been involved in negotiations over the property back in April, but things went silent shortly after word hit the web.

Details are slim at this point, and no deal is in place just yet, but it sounds as though things are close to being finalized.

Neither Legendary Pictures or Pokémon USA have issued comment on this news.

The Pokémon brand launched in Japan back in 1996 as a title on the original Nintendo Game Boy. The franchise soon exploded into a worldwide phenomenon encompassing everything from an animated series to toys and a hugely popular trading card game. Earlier this year, during 20th anniversary celebrations in Japan, the Pokémon Company announced two brand new video games - Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon - set for release this coming Christmas.

Source: Deadline

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