A new live-action Pokémon series is reportedly in early development at Netflix, according to Variety.
Sources say that Joe Henderson is attached to write and executive produce the project.
Henderson is currently a showrunner and executive producer on the popular Netflix series Lucifer – which is currently gearing up for its sixth and final series.
He has been serving as Lucifer’s co-showrunner since 2016 and moved with the series when it was picked up by the platform.
Netflix has already had a lot of success with shows based on video games like The Witcher and it is already working on Resident Evil and Tomb Raider adaptations.
No details are currently available about the plot, but sources told Variety that it would be a live-action series similar to the recent Detective Pikachu film starring Ryan Reynolds.
Detective Pikachu was a box office success upon its release, grossing more than $430 million worldwide on a budget of around $150 million.
The film begins when detective Harry Goodman goes missing, prompting his son Tim (Justice Smith) to go looking for him.
Aiding the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner – the wise-cracking Detective Pikachu (Reynolds).
Realising that Tim is the only human who can understand him, the unlikely duo join forces to unravel the mystery.
The film was well-received by cinemagoers and has a 79% audience approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
While it received a 68% approval rating from 311 reviewers.
The critics consensus on the site reads: “Pokémon Detective Pikachu may not take its wonderfully bizarre premise as far as it could have, but this offbeat adaptation should catch most – if not all – of the franchise’s fans.”
The Pokémon franchise has been a worldwide success since it first launched in 1995.
Pokémon is an acronym for Pocket Monsters and was created by Nintendo, Game Freak, and Creatures.
The franchise centres on fictional creatures known as Pokémon and the humans, known as Pokémon Trainers, who catch and train them to battle other Pokémon for sport.
The global franchise now encompasses multiple television shows, films, video games, trading cards, books, comics, and much more.
The streaming platform previously announced earlier this month that it’s in “the early stages” of further expanding into video games, building on its earlier success with Black Mirror Bandersnatch and its Stranger Things games.
Games will be included in the user’s subscription at no extra cost and will initially be focused on mobile devices.
The company said in its second-quarter earnings results: “We view gaming as another new content category for us, similar to our expansion into original films, animation and unscripted TV.
“We’re excited as ever about our movies and TV series offering and we expect a long runway of increasing investment and growth across all of our existing content categories, but since we are nearly a decade into our push into original programming, we think the time is right to learn more about how our members value games.”
Netflix had no comment on the reported development.
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