Nintendo’s Pokémon is one of the most recognizable and profitable franchises in the world today. From video games to classic animated movies, the series is showing signs of slowing down any time soon. As first reported by Variety, Netflix is looking to get in on the action with a new live-action series in early development at the streamer.
Per the initial report, co-showrunner of Netflix’s Lucifer, Joe Henderson, is on board to write and executive produce the project. However, any further details about the project are being kept close to the chest at this time. The latest development follows Netflix’s longstanding relationship with Pokémon, which includes recent shows like Pokémon: Indigo League and Pokémon Journeys.
The new series is not the first time the franchise will venture into the live-action medium. Back in 2019, Warner Bros. released Detective Pikachu with Ryan Reynolds and Justice Smith in the starring roles. However, despite raking in $433 million at the worldwide box office, there are currently no plans for a sequel to the film.
Created by Satoshi Tajiri with assistance from Ken Sugimori, Pokémon has become a worldwide phenomenon since its inception in 1996. In fact, it is the world’s largest media franchise with successful anime series, movies, and merchandise, with spin-off game Pokémon Go having crossed 1 billion mobile game downloads worldwide.
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