Coming soon to a theater near you

A few months back, there were rumours of multiple film companies battling it out for the rights to produce silver screen films based on Nintendo's popular Pokémon franchise. Things quieted down for a bit, but the dust got kicked up again in more recent times with the runaway success of Pokémon GO. Now, it's been revealed that Legendary Pictures won out the bargaining war, and the company's wasting no time getting into production of it's first film.

Some of you may remember that odd side-project that released in Japan a few months back, called Detective Pikachu. The game starred a talking Pikachu and his human sidekick as they investigated the disappearance of the sidekick's father. Evidently, Legendary Pictures really liked the idea, because they'll be producing a full-fledged, live-action film based on it. Production begins in 2017 with an assumed release sometime in 2018. Toho will be handling the distribution of the film in Japan, while Universal Pictures will distribute everywhere outside of Japan.

What do you think? Are you looking forward to this new film? Do you see Pokémon as being a good fit for the big screen? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

[via hollywoodreporter.com]