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Multiple media outlets have confirmed that {{wp|Legendary Entertainment|Legendary Pictures}} has won the rights to a live-action Pokémon movie and is set to begin production on it next year.
 
The film, produced by the studio behind ''{{wp|Watchmen (film) |Watchmen}}'', ''{{wp|The Dark Knight Trilogy}}'', the 2014 remake of ''{{wp|Godzilla (2014 film)|Godzilla}}'' and ''{{wp|Jurassic World}}'', is set to follow the escapades of {{bp|Detective Pikachu}}, taking cues from the Nintendo 3DS game that was released in Japan back in February, according to Deadline Hollywood's Mike Fleming, Jr.
 
The film is expected to be the first of a potential film franchise.
{{wp|Universal Studios|Universal Pictures}} is confirmed to release the movie in all territories except Japan, where {{wp|Toho}} will handle distribution. Universal has had a five year co-financing and distribution agreement with Legendary since 2014, though whether or not Universal will participate in the film's financing remains unclear.
 
The victory for both Legendary and Universal is a major blow for {{wp|Warner Bros.}} and {{wp|Sony Pictures Entertainment|Sony Pictures Entertainment|Sony Pictures}}, both of whom were alleged to be major players for the rights as well. Warner Bros., who in April was reported to have "aggressively" pursued the rights, helped distribute the first three Pokémon films based off the anime worldwide during the franchise's early years, but dropped the rights in 2001 after the underperformance of the third movie.
 
In terms of movies based off video games, Warner has mostly sat out of the genre after their former sister studio, {{wp|New Line Cinema}}, released the critically-lambasted ''{{wp|Mortal Kombat: Annihilation}}'' in 1997, more than a decade before Warner took over the studio. (On a side note, Warner acquired the ''{{wp|Mortal Kombat}}'' intellectual property from {{wp|Midway Games}} in 2009 after the latter filed for bankruptcy that year.)
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