The global and slightly expected success of Nintendo and Niantic Labs’ mobile game Pokémon Go has led to renewed interest over a live action movie.
According to Deadline, Legendary Pictures is getting close to finalizing a deal to purchase big screen rights to the originally Japanese franchise. Details are yet to be announced but Max Landis (writer for Victor Frankenstein) has been rumored to be in charge of the screenplay.
After the MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online game) was launched earlier this month, Nintendo saw its stock price rise 25%, adding a whopping $9 billion (£6.8 billion) to the company’s market value.
Legendary Pictures has been the force behind blockbuster movies such as Inception, Jurassic World and Interstellar , and earlier this year was bought by the Chinese firm Wanda Group for an amount of $3.5 billion.
The Pokémon franchise movies have so far had mixed success at the box office. Pokémon: The First Movie took a decent $163 million worldwide in 1999, but the most recent film, Pokémon Heroes, could garner just $28 million only four years later.
However, with the nature of success Pokémon Go has experienced in its first week, it is expected that the movie would do well once released.