Between the seemingly endless video games, trading card games, movies, manga and a TV anime that has been running for almost twenty years, the Pokémon franchise has touched the hearts of all kinds of people, bridging the gap between generations and continents. With two new games Pokémon Sun and Moon – and an inevitable third to complete the classic trio – announced for later on this year, it shows no sign of slowing down its legacy.
The nineteenth animated Pokémon movie, titled in Japan Volcanion and the Ingenious Magearna, is due to hit western screens in the summer of this year. A new feature length cartoon has been released annually since the heart-wrenching Mewtwo Strikes Back in 1998.
Augemented reality game Pokémon Go is also scheduled for release at some point in the near future, with beta players already scattered across the globe. The mobile game will mark a first for the franchise, merging reality with the Pokémon world in an entirely new way.
But it may not be alone in doing so.
It has been reported that a “top secret” bidding war between Warner Bros and Legendary Entertainment has been raging recently over the rights to the world’s first live action Pokémon movie.
Warner Bros has worked with The Pokémon Co before, having produced the first – and arguably most popular – Pokémon movie, which has the power to make grown fans weep to this day.
Legendary, meanwhile, also has an existing relationship with the Japanese film industry. They were the production company behind the 2014 blockbuster Godzilla, and have plans to release a series of sequels to it, including a crossover between the Godzilla narrative and their upcoming Kong: Skull Island.
There are rumours that Sony has also shown an interested in the movie, though have refused to release information to any source.
What a real life Pokémon would like and behave like has been explored at length in debate, discussion and fan art, almost since the franchise was first launch. It is starting to look like we will finally get a chance to find out.