From trading cards stuffed into binders to video games, Pokémon has been one of the most enduring franchises of all time. Every time you think it goes away, it comes back with vengeance. There has been an animated TV show, a movie, soundtracks, video games, apps, board games, foods, and just about anything else you can imagine that is based on Pokémon.
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However, there has been one thing missing: the live action world.
Of course, people cosplay the characters all the time, but there hasn't been anything professional.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, however, that is all going to change. The Pokémon Company is auctioning off the rights to make the first ever live action Pokémon film. Hollywood has been into its live action phase, with the Jungle Book coming out this weekend and Peter Pan in the pipeline.
Still, Pokémon has a broad reaching fan base of people - and even those who have moved on from Pokémon will come back for a live action movie. Plus, it could introduce a whole new generation to the show, which could add years to the legacy.
According to report, Legendary Entertainment, Warner Bros, and Sony are bidding for the rights. Legendary, which is Chinese-owned is the favorite to end up with the Japanese franchise.
The animated movie, Pokémon: The First Movie, grossed $165 million in 1999. There have been three sequels, which all had varying levels of success. They stopped after the fourth installment only made $1.7 million domestically and $28 worldwide in 2001.
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We'll keep you updated on the bidding and any casting rumors. Let's hope they get someone amazing to play Ash Ketchum.