Detective Pikachu may not be the final time you see actual folks interacting with fictional (however actual in my coronary heart) pokémon. Netflix is reportedly in early improvement on a live-action Pokémon TV sequence, according to Variety, with Lucifer co-showrunner and govt producer Joe Henderson hooked up to shepherd the undertaking to a display close to you.
It felt virtually like a fluke that Detective Pikachu occurred in any respect, given the relative obscurity of the area of interest Pokémon spinoff sport it was primarily based on and Nintendo’s seeming reluctance to take huge swings on live-action diversifications after the mythically lackluster quality of the Super Mario Bros. movie. As of late, although, Nintendo’s been increasing into different mediums — like theme parks — and taking over new companions — like Ubisoft and its Rabbids franchise — so possibly the time is correct for a preferred Netflix present?
For Netflix, a Pokémon present is simply one other step towards what it sees as its partially game-driven future. The corporate already has successful with The Witcher and arguably one other with Castlevania, and it has Resident Evil and Tomb Raider exhibits within the works. It’s additionally simply made it clear that it really desires to fund and ship cellular video games to its subscribers at no extra price. A Pokémon present may proceed a relationship with Nintendo it was already reported to be cultivating. As early as 2015, it was rumored that Nintendo and Netflix have been creating a live-action Legend of Zelda sequence, which was reportedly canceled due to leaks.
That Zelda present by no means got here to fruition and given simply how early this Pokémon undertaking sounds, it’s very doable it finally ends up going the identical approach. However Nintendo and Netflix are in very completely different locations than they have been half a decade in the past. Possibly this time live-action Pokémon lightning strikes twice.