Marvel Writer Chosen for ‘Pokemon’ Movie

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Legendary is moving full steam ahead with its live-action Pokemon movie, which was put in the works not long after the Pokemon Go app took the world by storm.

The studio acquired the rights to make a film based around Detective Pikachu, the Pokemon universe character introduced in a Japanese Nintendo 3DS video game released earlier this year, and the writers have been locked in.

As per Variety, Guardians of the Guardians and Thor scribe Nicole Perlman will be co-writing the Pokemon movie alongside Alex Hirsch, who is perhaps best known for creating, showrunning and writing the animated Disney series Gravity Falls.

Perlman has also co-written Marvel’s upcoming Captain Marvel, which will see Brie Larson in the lead, and is attached to Sony’s Labyrinth redo.

The project is picking up momentum pretty quickly, as the studio endeavours to capitalise on the resurgence of popularity the Pokemon brand has experienced with Pokemon Go. Nintendo posted a 25% stock price jump estimated at $US9 billion (!) not long after the release of the app, which has now surpassed 100 million downloads worldwide.

No plot details have been released for this Pokemon movie, nor is it known just how much of it will be CG and/or live-action. We’ll keep you informed.

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