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Old 08-17-2016, 02:25 AM   #1
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Pokemon Live-Action Film Lands 'Gravity Falls', 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Writers

Boy, this one completely flew under the radar for me. Initial announcement article.

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Legendary Entertainment has won the rights to a Pokemon movie and is partnering with the Pokémon Company to launch the first live-action Pokemon film franchise with a “Detective Pikachu” movie.

Legendary said details are being kept under wraps but added that the film will be fast-tracked for production to start in 2017. Detective Pikachu is a new character in the Pokemon universe, introduced through a video game in Japan.

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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.”

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Old 08-17-2016, 03:30 AM   #2
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Old 08-17-2016, 09:53 AM   #3
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Right after Pokemon Go blew up, I had an odd feeling talk of a live-action movie would start. This seems like it's been in the making for a while though, especially given Alex Hirsch tweeted about "hypothetically" making a live-action video game movie a few months back.

I'm so unsure of how to feel. I love Alex Hirsch, everything that man touches (so far) is gold, and GotG was fantastic - I'm just not sure either of their particular skill sets lend themselves to Pokemon, even if Detective Pikachu is intended to wind up being a dramedy.

I'm mostly, uh, concerned with how a 'live-action Pokemon' would look. What sort of aesthetic do they go with? How do you make CGI Pokemon without going down the pseudo-realistic route?
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I'm mostly, uh, concerned with how a 'live-action Pokemon' would look. What sort of aesthetic do they go with? How do you make CGI Pokemon without going down the pseudo-realistic route?
The Pokémon will probably look like Detective Pikachu looks in the video files. That "made from bright clay" Pokémon Battle Revolution look. I very much doubt they're going to go for a "if Pokémon were real, they'd look like actual animals but with their Pokémon colors" angle like a lot of DeviantArtists go for. I also doubt they're going to go for a Who Framed Roger Rabbit? combination of real people and cartoons. It'll still be real people and (air quotes) "cartoons", but the "cartoons" are going to be the soft, clay-ey CGI that we see in PBR, Pokkén Tournament, Detective Pikachu, etc.

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I'm so unsure of how to feel.
"Film adaptation of a video game." You could stop right there and know how to feel about this, unfortunately.

But hey, let's say that's not a good enough reason to doubt the film'll be good (nor to knock attempts at making the first great film adaptation of a video game). I'd still say I'm pessimistic about this one. Pokémon movies aren't known for their good original stories. Neither of the two writers on board are known to be as big into Pokémon as someone on UPN is. (In other words, this isn't another J.J. Abrams does Episode VII or Simon Pegg does New Star Trek 3.) People have loaded expectations from the ShoPro anime and the Game Freak games. I just don't see it working well. It's gonna take a miracle to pull off a great live-action Pokémon movie that comes first in line. Maybe if we ever get to a point where there's a second or a third things'll be ironed out, but being an 8/10 or better first out of the gate ... that's a tall order.
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The only thing missing in this to really reflect my expectations of a Live-Action Pokémon movie is the involvement of Uwe Boll.

And even then, after the tremendous "success" of Dragonball Evolution and The Last Airbender I wouldn't be surprised if my already low expectations won't be met.
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The only thing missing in this to really reflect my expectations of a Live-Action Pokémon movie is the involvement of Uwe Boll.

And even then, after the tremendous "success" of Dragonball Evolution and The Last Airbender I wouldn't be surprised if my already low expectations won't be met.
You really think Nintendo would let Uwe Boll touch a property like that? They treat their properties like gold.
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No, thankfully not, but it would reflect my expectation.
Some things just aren't meant to be "Live-Action", we've seen that with ATLA and Dragon Ball. And in my opinion Pokémon belongs to that group too. The way it's likely going to be is just how Talon describes it, and I don't see it working either.

I'd still go see it though, I absolutely love the Dragon Ball franchise and despite the critics I went to see Evolution anyways. Terrible movie from a continuity/canon perspective, and it annoyed the crap out of me, but even if the Pokémon movie would go that way, as a fan you have to take the bad with good. Speaking for myself I enjoyed the quality of the anime even more after Evolution so there's always that if this Pokémovie goes that direction too.
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The problem is that Detective Pikachu was a fairly limited story wise. I'm not sure how they could expand on it or if they will at all
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Well of course it's going to be awful. But then so was Mega Evolution and look where we are now. Pokémon will continue.
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