Pokémon live-action film in the works?
Pokémon, as I’m sure you are all aware by now, is one of the most successful media franchises in the
world, with well over 50 games and 11 films to enjoy, as well as a trading card game, a long running
manga series, and an anime (animated TV show) that has been running since the late 1990’s.
Last year, a lot of people, including this very well-endowed author, got incredibly nostalgic when one of
the videogames in the franchise got turned into a film called Detective Pikachu.
The videogame wasn’t particularly complicated, and bent a few rules of the main franchise of games, but was
enjoyed by most. The film, however, did absolutely amazingly as it garnered $433 million 1 at the box
Well, critics are divided as to why it works, but, as a critic, here’s what I think:
The film did well because it appealed to both kids and adults with a loving and nostalgic charm, whilst utilising the best of their talents (except for Bill Nighy).
Either way, its fair to say that this film certainly pleased Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros Pictures enough to consider making another film, and because cocaine and red bull do not come cheaply, it’s now been heavily rumoured that the people behind the first film are making another, but not a direct sequel to Detective Pikachu.
The clue is already there, in Detective Pikachu, when thebackstory of the Pokémon Mewtwo is mentioned through the cameo that Rita Ora plays.
For the uninitiated, Mewtwo was created in laboratory some 20 years ago, and Ash Ketchum and friends from the anime stop him from trying to take over the world in the first Pokémon animated film (released in 2001, and the CGI version is available to watch on Netflix and other streaming services).
According to we-got-this-covered, the film is most likely to document the story of Ash Ketchum and his Pikachu, but other sources contradict that. 2 However, to get this source quickly done and out of the way, Daniel Richtman, an industry insider, confirmed to them that this film is already underway and in pre-production, with the story focusing on Ash Ketchum and his attempts to become a Pokémon master. Is this likely?
Personally, readers, I think there is more chance of your mother coming to mine to get her knickers back from last night than this, and yes, that’s the “your mum” joke for this article.
In other words, I highly doubt that the film will tread over the ground of the beloved first series of the anime, and even less so over the first episode. Pokémon isn’t scared of remaking and remastering old material, but unlike Doctor Who, for example, it won’t complete excrete over the origins of the franchise.
Yes, I’m aware of the existence of Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu & Eevee, but they didn’t exactly ruin the original games, merely make them a bit more user friendly to kids who hadn’t played any of the games before.
The other source reporting on this news story, however, tells a very different version of the same story. Daniel Richtman is again their source of information, but what he tells them is very different.
According to EpicStream 3 , the focus on the film won’t be on the eternally 10-year-old (albeit, apparently he’s now turned 11) Satoshi/Ash Ketchum, but the analogues for which he came. Red and Blue are the protagonists for the original games, and have made numerous cameos throughout the videogame franchise, as well as being the origin for some truly amazing fan tributes.
Red is famous for being mute and appearing in his first cameo on top of Mount Silver in the second generation of games, in a bit of post-game battling fun. It’s at this point that I should warn all people wishing to delve into the world of Johto that the final battle against Red is no picnic whatsoever, and
you NEED to be prepared, because Red has a team that is absolutely lethal. However, in every single cameo he has made since, he’s known for being silent and shy.
Blue, on the other hand, is the antithesis. Cocky, brash, arrogant and exceedingly good at timing, throughout the first generation of games, the analogue for Gary Oak snipes you into a battle when you are at your very weakest
You might kill his Raticate (that’s only a fan theory, folks), but this nasty idiot loves to get you into a Pokémon battle at the very worst of times. It’s fair to say that the battles and rivalry between the two is likely to go on forever, and even in their cameo appearances, Blue makes slight verbal jabs at Red.
In my opinion, this rivalry, and what it could lead to, would provide the better story than Satoshi/Ash Ketchum and his Pikachu getting squashed by Brock and his giant… err (I got into trouble with my editor last time I made a joke about this in an article)… Onix.
Either way, and whichever version of events you believe, there is one thing for certain. Whilst we age, (and Satoshi/Ash Ketchum might be starting to age), these games and the franchise is absolutely timeless, and pretty much immortal.
Since the release of Detective Pikachu and Sonic TheHedgehog, the corporate bigwigs realise that they can now use the money made from video game adaptions to pay for their cocaine-fuelled parties and cover their misdeeds, so the fact that another live-action Pokémon movie is in the works isn’t really surprising.
Pokémon has a wealth of stories to tell, over 1000 unique characters and intellectual properties, and so many side-earners separated from the main series of video games that the corporate suits at Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros Pictures will earn enough money to continue their (alleged) dwarf/midget-throwing parties in their offices, Wolf Of Wall Street style.
That’s all we’ve got for you so far, but as more news of this springs up, we’ll be sure to keep you updated. For all your gaming reviews and articles, I’ve been the Yorkshire Pudding himself, Davey.
This is What Happens in Gaming, and before I let you all sod off and continue to ask your mum to come and get her knickers from my flat on Ben Nevis, I’d like to say something: We are in truly unprecedented times, and right now, the majority of us have to stay at home.
If you need to talk to someone, the Samaritans phone number is (in the USA) 800-273-TALK and 116 123 in the UK. Also, if you’ve got any games you would like me to review, feel free to tell me which in the comments, and keep safe, and keep your head up high. This will all soon be over, and then you’ll be free to slap me for making a joke about your mother.
Til next time,