When a company is granted the rights to make a movie based on a beloved video game franchise, there’s a terrible tendency to take almost everything fans love about the game and toss it out of the window in favor of whatever storylines or ideas that the director, writers, producers, or studios thought would make a better film. And they tend to fail. Hard. More often than not.
If you want some examples, see Max Payne, Hitman, Bloodrayne, Super Mario Bros., Doom, etc. Or rather, just don’t… These are merely a few examples of what bad video game movies can be, and yet somehow they’re generally the norm – an unfortunate state of affairs for video game fans the world over.
Things might be changing, though! It would seem that Hollywood may have learned from their past mistakes and decided to start with a good story this time.
Following an announcement made by Legendary Pictures that they had won the rights to make a Pokémon movie, Variety is reporting that Nicole Perlman (co-writer of the Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain Marvel movies) along with Alex Hirsch (writer of the critically-acclaimed Gravity Falls TV series that aired on Disney) are in negotiations to pen the Pokémon movie script.
Based on Nintendo’s adventure-mystery game, Detective Pikachu, the film is set to be a live-action telling of the game’s story, which involves a Pikachu who can’t fight like the others, so he instead uses his incredible intellect to go around the city solving mysteries.
Here’s the trailer for the game:
Looks fun, right?
A detective mystery taking place in the heart of the Pokémon world involving a Pikachu who is horrible at being a Pokémon? Sure! Why not?
What it’s not going to be is a gritty re-imagining of the Pokémon world from the perspective of a burnt-out moralistically-questionable detective Pikachu who’s struggling with his demons.
And that’s probably a good thing.