Live-Action "Pokemon" Movie "Detective Pikachu" in Development at Legendary

After a long-fought bidding war, Legendary Entertainment has finally acquired the rights for a live-action "Pokemon" movie.

According to Variety, a new "Pokemon" film, titled "Detective Pikachu," has been fast-tracked to start production in 2017. Universal Pictures will distribute the film outside of Japan.

The character of Detective Pikachu -- a talking, mystery-solving version of the iconic Pokemon -- starred in the Japan-only Nintendo 3DS game "Great Detective Pikachu." An English version of the game has been petitioned by fans, with Danny DeVito as the ideal voice actor for Detective Pikachu.

The announcement of the film comes only two weeks after the launch of the insanely-popular augmented reality game "Pokemon Go." The game was so successful that it rose Nintendo's stock 25%, and earned the company billions of dollars.

No release date has been set for Legendary's "Detective Pikachu."

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