At the moment, unless you live under a rock- a rock that's at the bottom of the ocean, under a sunken ship...a sunken ship that was stepped on by Godzilla, effectively burying it deep under the sea floor- you know that the mobile game "Pokemon Go" is taking over the earth. Well, you're not the only person who's noticed. The folks at Legendary Pictures, who have been wanting to make a POKEMON movie for some time, see what's going on and have found renewed interest in adapting the game series to the big screen.
A new rumor from Hey U Guys claims that the man they're currently trying to nab to write the thing is none other than CHRONICLE's Max Landis. The site states that the writer, who's also responsible for last year's VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN, is who they'd love to get at the moment, but that a deal has yet to be signed.
POKEMON has been around since 1996, and it's a property that has launched countless sequels, a successful cartoon series, has been a hit on all sides of every pond, and has dominated sales in both the mobile and home markets. In other words, it's had the exact kind of success a film company dreams of for its properties. At the moment, "Pokemon Go" is such a phenomenon that it's caused Nintendo's $9 billion stock price to jump 25%. One could argue that, in terms of mainstream popularity, the franchise has never been bigger.
The series, which features a 10 year old boy on a quest to catch pocket monsters that each have mysterious abilities, definitely has movie potential. And when you consider that Hollywood seems to be prepping for a Golden Age of Video Game Movies, bringing POKEMON to the big screen sounds like a perfect fit.
The question is: Is Max Landis the best fit for this? We shall see how this plays out.
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SOURCE: Hey U Guys