Pokemon live-action? Legendary, Sony, and Warner Bros. all vying for the rights

Nintendo -- they're probably still the most well-known name in gaming, even though their consoles aren't exactly the most successful. How Nintendo first got their start and how they manage to stay afloat have something in common -- card games. Yup. Nintendo was all about playing cards back in the day, and now one of its biggest franchises, which includes games, a TV show and a collectible card game, remains one of their most popular brands -- Pokemon.

You know what the card game/manga series/video game/cartoon series hasn't really done yet? A live-action movie. You know what's about to change? That.

Yes, after two decades of dominating every other market under the sun, Pokemon is probably headed to the big screen for a live-action, big-budget feature. And considering a lot of '90s and 2000s kids have some epic nostalgia feels for those adorable pocket monsters, the rights to produce the film aren't going to come cheap.

As of now the rumor is that Legendary has the high bid, but both Warner Bros. and Sony are also hoping to grab hold of the coveted property.

And before you can say, "Wasn't Pokemon a '90s thing," let me assure you that, as someone who still has ties to nerdy retail shops, Pokemon is still big business. Pokemon is a cross-generational, cross-platform juggernaut. That doesn't guarantee a great movie (just ask G.I. Joe and the Transformers), but it's almost certain to rake in the box-office cash.

Also? Pokemon are fun! Can you even imagine how ridiculous a live-action movie would be with Ash, Misty, Brock, Pikachu and Team Rocket? Who will they get to cover that killer theme song? Even if the movie's terrible, I'd probably still want to see it.

What about you?

(via Comic Book Movie)

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