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According to a report posted on {{wp|The Hollywood Reporter}}, {{bp|The Pokémon Company}} is planning an auction for the ''Pokémon'' movie rights, which has led to a massive bidding war between several film studios.
According to the report, American film studios {{wp|Warner Bros.}} Entertainment and {{wp|Sony Pictures Entertainment}} have expressed interest in possessing the film rights. However, the report mentions that another potential bidder, film financing firm {{wp|Legendary Pictures}}, may come out as the potential victor of the bidding war, despite a representative for Legendary declining talks of an offer being put on the table.
Legendary Entertainment's filmography includes box office blockbusters like ''{{wp|300 (film)|300}}'', ''{{wp|The Dark Knight Trilogy}}'', ''{{wp|Pacific Rim}}'', and the 2014 reboot of ''{{wp|Godzilla (2014 film)|Godzilla}}''. Last year, Legendary scored big with the box office behemoth ''{{wp|Jurassic World}}'' withand the critically-acclaimed drama biopic ''{{wp|Straight Outta Compton (film)|Straight Outta Compton}}'' at {{wp|Universal Studios}}, who currently has a five -year motion picture financing/distribution agreement with Legendary beginning in 2014.
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Rumors of Sony Pictures being interested in the ''Pokémon'' property have circulated since April 2015, when [[ leaked e-mail discussions from studio executives]] revealed interest by the studio in making films based off {{wp|Nintendo}} properties, including ''Pokémon''.
Both Warner Bros. and Sony declined to comment.