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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}}'' and 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.
 
However, Legendary's position in the bidding war isn't without controversy. In January 2016, the firm was [[http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-wanda-buys-legendary-entertainment-20160111-story.html bought]] by Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group for $3.5 billion. This could pose problems as ''Pokémon'' is a Japanese property, and Japan and China have had deep-rooted social tensions for centuries.
 
Warner Bros. had previously helped release {{bp|M01|the}} {{bp|M02|first}} {{bp|M03|three}} ''Pokémon'' movies based off the anime in the United States and other territories outside Japan, despite having no involvement in their production.
 
Rumors of Sony Pictures being interested in the ''Pokémon'' property have circulated since April 2015, when [[http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2015/04/leaked-sony-e-mails-reveal-intent-to-nab-smash-bros-film-rights/ leaked e-mail discussions from studio executives]] revealed interest by the studio in making films based off {{wp|Nintendo}} properties, including ''Pokémon''.
 
BothAll Warnerthree Bros.bidding and Sonyparties declined to comment.