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Live-action Pokémon film is officially a go, because of course

on July 20, 2016, 7:42pm

Since its release only two weeks ago, mobile app game Pokémon GO has taken over the world. Lured outside of the comfort of their own homes in order to “catch them all!”, distracted players have crashed their cars, found themselves stuck in trees, and even burned way more calories than they ever thought possible while deep in competition mode.

On the strength of the game’s debut, Nintendo has doubled in valuation, and now it appears that Hollywood is looking to cash in on the craze. Today, Legendary and The Pokémon Co. have inked a deal to bring to fruition the first live-action Pokémon film franchise, as Variety notes.

The project will begin production in 2017 and, though plot details have been heavily guarded, we do know it will be based on “Detective Pikachu,” a new character in the Pokémon universe.

The Pokémon media entity debuted in 1996 and, since then, has resulted in countless video games and animated movies, a TV series, and trading cards.

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