Variety, one of Hollywood’s leading industry publications, is reporting that a new live action Pokemon series is currently in development at Netflix!
Variety’s sources say the series is still very early in development and would be akin to the Detective Pikachu movie. Joe Henderson is reportedly attached to write and executive produce the show. Henderson is currently the co-showrunner and executive producer on Netflix’s popular Lucifer series, which is preparing to air its final season.
Back in 2019, I separately asked the Japanese producer of Mewtwo Strikes Back EVOLUTION and a Legendary executive about the fate of the Pokemon cinematic universe:
Before [the screening of Mewtwo Strikes Back EVOLUTION] started, I spotted Hidenaga Katakami. Since he was also a producer of the Detective Pikachu film, I asked him if there would be more live action films. He said that The Pokemon Company was still trying to determine if they wanted to go in that direction. They want to take their time and see how audiences respond to the first film.
Separate from Anime Expo, I also spoke with a Legendary executive at a film festival a few weeks ago where one of my films was showing. He said that Legendary wasn’t yet sure if they want to make more live action Pokemon movies since Detective Pikachu didn’t make as much as they hoped. So it seems the future of the live action Pokemon franchise is still up in the air from both sides!
Justice Smith, the star of Detective Pikachu, also stated this year that he didn’t think a sequel was likely:
“I think we have to just kind of bury our hopes. I don’t think it’s going to happen.”
If anyone can get me on this show or allow me to submit a script, please e-mail me at [email protected]. It’s been my literal dream since day one and why I work in film! :p