Nicole Perlman And Alex Hirsch In Talks To Write Live-Action ‘Pokemon’ Movie
The dream of a live-action Pokémon movie has been alive for the past twenty years of the franchise's existence, with fans around the world imagining the day they'll see an approximation of a real Charizard or Mewtwo on the screen.
Talks have been ramping up about that possibility becoming an actual reality as of late, and it seems our dreams may come true with the news that Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain Marvel screenwriter Nicole Perlman may be working with Gravity Falls' Alex Hirsch on the upcoming adaptation.
The news via Variety confirms that Perlman and Hirsch are in talks to write a live-action movie based on the upcoming Detective Pikachu game for Nintendo 3DS. Legendary Pictures picked up the rights to a live-action Pokemon adaptation recently, following a surge of interest in the franchise due to Pokémon Go's popularity.
Perlman and Hirsch's possible attachment to the franchise seems a perfect fit for a property that's all about teamwork, optimism and friendship. Last month, news broke that American Ultra's Max Landis was attached to the project, but that rumor was debunked shortly afterwards. Perlman and Hirsch's involvement would suggest the project is on the right track.
The game version of Great Detective Pikachu sees the player cast as a young boy named Tim Goodman who works alongside Detective Pikachu to solve puzzles and mysteries. The game is currently only available in Japan, but earlier this year there was an unsuccessful fan-petition to cast Danny DeVito in the titular role when it is eventually released in English.
Legendary's adaptation of Great Detective Pikachu is slated to begin production in early 2017.