"Pokemon" Live-Action Movie Taps "Guardians of the Galaxy" & "Gravity Falls" Writers

Legendary is reportedly in negotiations to hire Nicole Perlman ("Guardians of the Galaxy") and Alex Hirsch ("Gravity Falls") to pen the upcoming film adaptation of "Pokemon."

According to Variety, the duo will write the live-action take on the property, which will be titled "Detective Pikachu," and center around the titular CG character. The project was sold to Legendary, after a long-fought bidding war, two weeks after the launch of the immensely popular augmented reality game, "Pokemon Go."

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 since the Japanese release.

Distributed by Toho in Japan and Universal Pictures outside the region, "Detective Pikachu" hasn't been given a release date; though it's reportedly set to begin production in 2017.

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