A Pokémon Movie May Be in the Works, Max Landis Rumored as Screenwriter

Thursday, 14 July 2016 - 8:39PM
Thursday, 14 July 2016 - 8:39PM
A Pokémon Movie May Be in the Works, Max Landis Rumored as Screenwriter
According to recent reports from Deadline and other sources, the incredible success of Pokémon Go seems to have sparked some studios' interest in a movie.

The new augmented reality video game available for download on mobile devices has garnered an immense amount of popularity since its launch last week. According to a recent report, the app could even overtake Twitter in daily active users, making it one of the most used apps on Android phones. It offers most mobile users an entirely new way to play all the while capitalizing on the fact that a large faction of the youth from the last 20 years have grown up playing the games or watching the TV show.

It's undoubtedly the perfect time for a Pokemon movie as well, with many other video game properties finally achieving big screen adaptations recently (Warcraft, Assassin's Creed). Likewise, with Power Rangers coming to the big screen soon, why not bring in another Japanese based children's show, such as Pokémon?


Max Landis is credited with writing the script for Power Rangers, and he's likewise rumored to be the screenwriter for Pokémon. As he just recently tweeted an article about the rumor with the caption "rare candy" (an in game item used to level up monsters), it would seem that those rumors are most likely true.

Nintendo took their shot at live action moviemaking once before with the Super Mario Bros. franchise, and the result was abysmal, so they've had good reason to stay off the big screen. However, with other CGI heavy video game movies emerging, it's the perfect time for them to give it another shot. Here's to hoping it doesn't venture too far from it's roots and become the next Super Mario Bros.

If the plans for the film actually come to fruition, the real question is who the protagonist will be: Red or Blue from the video games, Ash Ketchum from the TV series, or someone else entirely? If Pokémon Go retains its popularity, we'll likely know sooner, rather than later.
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