According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Pokémon Company has been meeting with Hollywood studios to launch a big-screen, live-action version of the beloved video game/anime.
Sources told The Holly Reporter that Legendary Entertainment could come out on top, beating out Warner Bros. for the rights, though Sony is said to also be interested. The trade magazine mentioned that the fact that Legendary Entertainment is owned by China’s Dalian Wanda Group could cause controversy. Japanese movies were banned in China for the last three years, and have only been approved for release recently, the report added. Plus, there is also all that historical tension between the two nations.
Legendary, however, also has a strong relationship with the Japanese entertainment industry as evident by its 2014 Godzilla film. The original Japanese studio, Toho, also releases the Pokémon animated films in Japan.
Legendary, Warner Bros. and Sony declined to issue a comment to The Hollywood Reporter. Nintendo, a part owner of the Pokémon Company, has also declined to comment.
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