Detective Pikachu may not be the last film to see humans interacting with fictional Pokemon characters. Most recently, Netflix is reported to be in the early stages of developing a live-action Pokemon TV series.
The news came from an unnamed source who explained that the live-action Pokemon film would be written by Joe Henderson. “He is the executive producer of the popular Netflix series Lucifer, which is entering its sixth and final season,” the source told Variety, July 26, 2021.
In addition, the source also explained that the live-action project will be similar to Detective Pikachu, starring Ryan Reynold and Justice Smith, which was released in 2019. However, neither Netflix nor Henderson representatives have responded to the news of the project.
Allegedly, the development of the Netflix Pokemon series came because many users watched the existing Pokemon series, including “Pokemon: Indigi League” and “Pokemon Journeys”. Netflix has also made a push into anime in recent years, having previously announced series based on the “Far Cry”, “Splinter Cell” and “Terminator” films.
Netflix has also turned to more live-action adaptations of anime titles, including the upcoming “Cowboy Bebop” and “One Piece” films. Previously, the video streaming app also released the live-action film “Death Note” in 2017.
The Pokemon franchise as a whole has become a worldwide phenomenon since it was first launched in 1995. The franchise now includes several television shows, movies, video games, card games, books, comics, and more. The latest was live-action and Detective Pikachu proved to be a box office success upon its release.
Henderson is currently developing a series adaptation of the “Shadecraft” comic book on Netflix, which was announced in March. He also wrote the comic, working with artists Lee Garbett and Georgia Lee who is also an executive producer.