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A Live-Action Pikachu Movie Is In The Works Because Poké-Dreams Do Come True

Detective Pikachu is on the case

Given the incredible success of Pokémon Go since its launch just a few short weeks ago, it was only a matter of time before Hollywood green-lit another Pokémon movie. After all, you can only catch so many digital Zubats before the thirst for something more tangible starts to consume you.

After months of negotiation with The Pokémon Company, Legendary Entertainment has finally won the rights to launch the first live-action Pokémon film franchise — and the studio is kicking things off with a “Detective Pikachu” movie. Needless to say, Pikachu is excited about his latest career move. The Squirtle Squad, however, is less than pleased. (Maybe they'll get a movie too?)

According to Variety, details about the Detective Pikachu movie are being kept under wraps at the moment, but production is reportedly set to start in 2017. They obviously want to capitalize on the widespread Pokémon Go fever that's been going around lately.

Now if you're asking yourself, What the hell is a Detective Pikachu?, you're probably not alone. The character made its debut in Japan earlier this year in the video game Great Detective Pikachu and it's still relatively new to the Pokémon franchise. Although, the video game’s synopsis does sound ripe for the big-screen treatment:

The game follows a peculiar talking Pikachu who, despite not being as powerful and nimble as other Pikachu of his kind, is rather intelligent and claims to be a great detective. One day, Pikachu encounters a boy named Tim Goodman, who is able to understand what he is saying. Thus, the two begin working together to solve various mysteries revolving around Pokémon in the city.

So it sounds like this Detective Pikachu movie is a mix of Who Framed Roger Rabbit and the Japanese anime Detective Conan with 100 percent more Charmander. In that case, WE’RE SO IN.

Praise Pikachu.