Entertainment news source Variety reported Monday that the Pokémon franchise is hosting a live-action series that is in early development on Netflix. According to Variety sources, it will be a live-action series with Joe Henderson (executive producer and co-showrunner of the Netflix series Lucifer) serving as writer and executive producer.
Rob Letterman’s live-action Pokémon Detective Pikachu film (pictured right) was released in May 2019. The film stars Justice Smith as the main character Tim Goodman and Ryan Reynolds as Detective Pikachu. Letterman directed the film, from a script by Nicole Perlman and Letterman. A sequel has reportedly already been given the green light.
Pokémon Master Journeys: The Series, the 24th season of the anime in the Pokémon franchise, will premiere exclusively on Netflix on September 10. The first 12 episodes will debut that day and will follow subsequent quarterly releases.
The previous season, Pokémon Journeys: The Series, premiered on TV Tokyo and its affiliates in Japan in November 2019, two days after the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games shipped worldwide. The anime’s first 12 episodes debuted in the United States on Netflix in June 2020, with the service adding new episodes on a quarterly basis. The anime also premiered on the Canadian television channel Teletoon in May 2020.
Pokémon (in English: / ˈpoʊkɪˌmɒn, -ki-, -keɪ – /), also known as Pocket Monsters in Japan, is a Japanese media franchise managed by Pokémon Company, a company founded by Nintendo, Game Freak and Creatures with shares divided between the companies. The copyright of the franchise and the Japanese trademark are shared by the three companies, but Nintendo is the sole owner of the trademark in other countries. It is one of the highest-grossing anime/gaming franchises.
The franchise was created by Satoshi Tajiri in 1995 and focuses on fictional creatures called “Pokémon”, which humans, known as Pokémon Trainers, catch and train to fight each other for sport. The franchise’s motto in English is “Gotta Catch ‘Em All.” The works within the franchise are set in the Pokémon universe.