Given the runaway success of Pokémon Go, a live-action Pokémon movie is inevitable. The game's dense mythology, action-filled battles, and cute characters are perfect for the type of "cinematic-universe" world-building that's now the norm for big-budget Hollywood franchises. But the movie we might end up getting isn't quite the Pokémon movie you're expecting -- it might not even have Pokémon in the title at all!
Yesterday, Deadline confirmed that Legendary Entertainment will produce a Pokémon movie based on Detective Pikachu, a spin-off handheld video game that has only been released in Japan. The plan is for the movie to go into production next year.
But here's the thing: Detective Pikachu is really bizarre! He wears a little brown Sherlock Holmes hat, enjoys coffee, and solves crimes, things people don't really associate with Pokémon Go or the popular animated series inspired by the original game. Seriously, it's nuts. Watch a trailer for the game below.