It’s being reported that a live action Pokémon TV series is currently in development at streaming giant Netflix.
That’s according to Variety, who say the project is still in its early days according to its sources. Joe Henderson, currently co-showrunner on Lucifer, is said to be writing and executive producing the project. While details are a little slim, it is said that the show will be a live action one, somewhat akin to—but not directly related to—2019’s Detective Pikachu movie starring Ryan Reynolds.
It’s a move that makes a lot of sense, of course. Detective Pikachu scored the biggest opening weekend for a video game movie ever back when it released. The movie, which also starred Justice Smith and Kathryn Newton, was only toppled by the also-live-action Sonic the Hedgehog film almost a year later.
Neither representatives for Netflix or Pokémon have commented on the rumour at the time of writing. However, Netflix have been pushing hard into video game adaptations of late with recent releases based on Resident Evil and Monster Hunter. It’s also recently announced it’ll be making its own push into offering games on its platform, beginning with mobile games.
Pokémon too is making a lot of noise this year while celebrating its 25th birthday with collaborations with pop stars such as Katy Perry. In the world of the games, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are due later this year, while Pokémon Legends: Arceus is coming in February. Oh, and MOBA Pokémon Unite launched as a free-to-play game on Nintendo Switch last week. Phew!