‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Gravity Falls’ Writers to Pen ‘Pokemon’ Movie (EXCLUSIVE)

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Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch are in negotiations to write the live-action “Pokemon” pic for Legendary based on the upcoming game “Detective Pikachu.”

The news comes following the announcement that the company landed the rights to the “Pokemon” franchise after they were shopped around in early July. That deal came two weeks after the Pokemon Go app was released and became a worldwide phenomenon, so much so that it led to a 25% jump in the stock of part-owner Nintendo. The augmented reality game allows players to capture, battle and train the Pokemon virtual creatures.

The hugely popular Pokemon Go app recently saw the pocket monsters surge back into the pop culture consciousnesses. Pokemon was introduced in Japan in 1996 and has sold 279 million video games worldwide with 21.5 billion cards shipped to 74 countries, and an animated series spanning 19 seasons.

Universal Pictures will handle distribution of the live-action film outside of Japan as it has done with Legendary’s other films for years.

The Pokemon Company’s long-time movie collaborator, Toho, will handle distribution of the film franchise in Japan, as it has similarly done in its partnership with Legendary on the reboot for the Godzilla franchise.

Perlman cut her teeth in Marvel’s writers’ room, penning such comic-book hits such as “Thor” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Marvel has now tasked her with penning the “Captain Marvel” film with “Inside Out” scribe Meg LeFauve, as well as helping to develop the third “Sherlock Holmes” movie with Team Downey.

She is repped by CAA and Management 360.

Hirsch created Disney’s cult favorite “Gravity Falls” and is repped by UTA and Jared Levine at Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Entertainment Law Firm.

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  2. Iván el Conquistador says:

    People said Mad Max Fury Road would be another awful mainstream flick and it was the most reviewed film last year, almost won Best Picture.
    People said Zootopia would be just another animated movie starring anthropomorphical animals and it’s a critical darling which made more money in the box office than Batman v Superman.

    Maybe this Detective Pikachu movie isn’t a stinker after all (it might be, it might not). Perlman wrote Guardians of the Galaxy, a critical darling of 2014, and Hirsch created Gravity Falls, considered one of the best animated series of the decade. For now, the project is not in bad hands.

  3. anonymous. says:

    pokemon? not only is that shitty series irrelavent, but it is also a childish series that deserves to not exist. i still am shocked by how intellectually disabled these fans are. like, grow up and stop playing with childish things that waste your time like pokemon.

    • brian577 says:

      Irrelevant? You know Pokemon has been around for 20 years and is more popular than ever right? Go back to yelling at clouds old man. People will continue to like what they like no matter how much you complain.

  4. dougo13 says:

    Sure, with Legendary now owned by the Chinese, time to get some popular franchises rolling. When can we expect a live action One Piece movie then? Sometime soon I hope. The Japanese would just botch it like they did with Attack on Titan…

  5. Dijeirusan says:

    Variety, you might want to note that Universal Pictures already distributes the animated movies in various markets.

  6. Dunstan says:

    God save us all.

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