Pokemon Live-Action Series Being Developed by Netflix

Netflix has begun development on a new Pokemon series, according to a recent article by Variety.

Detective Pikachu and other Pokemon from the live action movie.

The project is very early in the development process, so there are currently no details available regarding the plot. Sources say that Joe Henderson, who is currently co-showrunner and executive producer on Netflix’s Lucifer, is attached to write and executive produce. If the storylines on Lucifer are any indication, Pokemon is in good hands.

Netflix has been exploring the world of anime and, like the upcoming “Cowboy Bebop” and “One Piece” shows, apparently plans to make this Pokemon series a live-action series. With the success of 2019’s “Detective Pikachu,” starring Ryan Reynolds and Justice Smith, this may be a good move on the part of Netflix. Though fans of animated shows might also enjoy Netflix’s other Pokemon offerings: “Pokemon: Indigo League” and “Pokemon Journeys.”

Joe Henderson is also adapting Shadecraft, the comic book he wrote, as a series for Netflix. He is known for his work on Stephen King’s 11.22.63 for Hulu and the shows White Collar and Graceland for USA Networks.

Since its launch in 1995, the Pokemon franchise became and remains popular throughout the world, and encompasses multiple television shows, movies, comic books, manga, video games, books, toys, and of course, the trading card game. While animated films have done well, “Detective Pikachu” was a roaring success, grossing over $430 million worldwide.

What do you think? Do you feel a live-action Pokemon series is the next evolution for the franchise, or would they be better off keeping the new series in animated form? Let us know your thoughts in the comments and on our social media.


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