The game may not have reached the West yet, but already production company Legendary (the Dark Knight trilogy, Godzilla, Jurassic World, Pacific Rim) is planning a live action movie adaptation of Pokémon spin-off Great Detective Pikachu, which launched in Japan earlier this year.
Legendary Entertainment and The Pokémon Company have announced they will partner on the project which is being fast-tracked for production start in 2017 (when hopefully Pokémon Go will still be a craze).
The game features a rare talking Pikachu who claims to be a great detective (we think he’s just a secret Cumberbitch). One day, Pikachu encounters a boy named Tim Goodman, who can understand what he’s saying. The two begin working together to solve various mysteries revolving around Pokémon in the city.
Universal Pictures will handle distribution of the live-action film outside Japan as it regularly does with Legendary’s other films. The Pokémon Company’s long time movie collaborator, Toho, will handle distribution of the film franchise in Japan, as it did in its partnership with Legendary on the US Godzilla. [via Coming Soon]