According to a new “exclusive” from Variety, Netflix is working on a new live-action Pokémon series.
It’s apparently still in the stages of “early development” and while no details are currently available about the plot, Lucifer co-showrunner and executive producer, Joe Henderson, is expected to be the writer and executive producer.
Netflix or Henderson’s representatives have not responded to this news, so nothing is official just yet, although as highlighted by Variety – Netflix “has made itself the home” of multiple Pokémon animated series in recent years.
This latest report about more live-action pocket monster adventures follows on from the Detective Pikachu star, Justice Smith, mentioning back in May, how he didn’t think a movie sequel would happen:
“I don’t know if it’s going to happen. I think we have to just kind of bury our hopes. I don’t think it’s going to happen.”
How would you feel about a live-action Pokémon series on Netflix? Leave a comment down below.
Ok. I don’t follow celebrities so I don’t know Mr. Henderson’s catalogue and I haven’t seen Lucifer. From what I recall, it’s a dramedy about a gay angel and devil couple on Earth or something? Anyone talented enough can make any range of entertainment for various genres I suppose, but Pokemon as a whole seems a departure to be working on.
Pokemon has dark, mature moments but it typically not in the limelight or what they want to focus on. You might have legit Mafia/Yakuza hybrid Team Rocket from the manga, gen 5 bombing a whole city’s civilization D-Day style or gen 7’s mental and familial trauma storylines between Lusamine’s and Guzma’s respective abuse, but by and large the forefront is kid-friendly happy-go-lucky childish adventures. The company pretty much never even wants to dip their toes into teen-rated territory for their games. So I dunno what they would even do with a syndicated live-action Pokemon series that isn’t just a replication of the “Kid’s First Anime” they already got going for the past 25-ish years.
Curious to say the least, but not particularly hopeful anything astounding will come out of this. Just confusing direction.
@TheFrenchiestFry And judging by the previous comment as well, I’ve found the show has fans still. I wasn’t aware there even was a comic behind it, just a bunch of Twitter nonsense upon announcement about teaming up an angel and a devil being non-Christian or something ridiculous to get up in arms over. Oh that and Amazon changing all their boxes to ads for the show for a time. Which is probably where I’m remembering the gay thing from, what with the devil dude draped over the angel guy. Besides, wouldn’t be the first show based on a comic outright changing large portions of it. Walking Dead, anyone?