For many of us, [Pokémon](tag:2538552) has been a big part of our childhoods. We've played the video games, the trading card games, heck, even woke up early in the morning to catch some episodes before heading off to school! Pokémon is currently in celebration, and with good reason, as it is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Thanks in part to Pokémon's ever expanding universe, we can expect to see Pokémon in some capacity for a long time.
One of Pokémon's known aspects is the battles, and currently, there is a battle going on among major film studios. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Legendary, Sony, and Warner Bros. are in the middle of a bidding war for the movie rights to Pokémon.
The Pokémon Co., which manages the rights to the franchise, revealed its intentions to create a live-action movie. Pokémon: The First Movie gave Warner Bros. an early lead, since the studio had great success with the anime film back in 1999.
With a franchise as big as Pokémon, it's no surprise that other studios, such as Sony and Legendary, want to play a part in its cinematic expansion. While Warner Bros. has done everything in its power to secure the rights, it seems Legendary has gotten the upper hand, and will be responsible for bringing to life Pikachu on the big screen. But should Legendary acquire the rights, new problems may arise. Legendary Entertainment is owned by The Wanda Group, a Chinese conglomerate, which may not sit well with Japan due to political tensions.
Of course, should those matters be resolved, Legendary has another problem. How will it faithfully adapt the vast world of Pokémon in an hour or two, that will appeal to both children and adults, as well as old and new fans?
One way in which the studio can adapt Pokémon without complications would be to avoid following the adventures of Ash and Pikachu, and instead focus on another trainer, such as the legendary Red.
Red was the central character of the early generation video games of Pokémon, as well as the central character of Pokémon Origins, which followed the adventures of Red, as he explored the Kanto region. Of course, they could also focus on a new character altogether so that the filmmakers do not feel restricted to follow certain storylines. Whatever path they choose, lets just hope we get the live-action movie we've always dreamed of.
Would you watch a live-action Pokémon movie? Do you think it's a good idea to bring Pokémon to the big screen? Should the movie focus on an established character, or focus on a new one? Let us know in the comments below!