A few weeks back, I covered a story regarding the green-lighting of a POKEMON movie. In the wake of the Pokemon Go mobile game effectively taking over the world, it was kind of a no-brainer that if a movie was to ever be made out of the property, now was the time. Well, Legendary has wasted no time securing writers for the film- which is said to be based on the Great Detective Pikachu game.
According to Variety, Legendary has tapped Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch to write POKEMON. Perlman has become one of Marvel's go-to writers thanks to her work on films like GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and THOR, which is what helped her secure a gig co-writing CAPTAIN MARVEL. She also wrote a treatment for a solo BLACK WIDOW film that would star Scarlett Johansson. Hirsch, on the other hand, is the creator of the animated Disney comedy series GRAVITY FALLS. Beyond that, Hirsch hasn't written much else.
This follows rumors that Max Landis (CHRONICLE) was being sought after to write the flick.
So it looks like Legendary has found its POKEMON scribes, and it cherry picked two people from the Mouse House to handle the project. Works for me, as I've always thought an alliance between Nintendo and Disney would bear fruit, and this is indirectly that. These writers made a name writing stuff for Disney, and Nintendo is part-owner of POKEMON.
Now if we can somehow get Disney/Pixar to make an animated SUPER MARIO BROS. movie!
Then again, that would mean that one or both of Mario and Luigi's parents would die. Never mind.
No word yet on when POKEMON is scheduled to arrive in theaters.