Pokemon: The First Movie

Released just one week ago, Pokemon Go quickly captured the attention of the nation. The mobile application has already been downloaded millions of times and has enjoyed widespread notice on social media and in the press.

In a nutshell, the idea is to go outside and capture as many creatures as possible. Watch the video below to get a better sense of what's involved. (Drew McWeeny at Hitfix has also written a great article that explains the application's appeal for parents and their children.)

 

The application has been so successful that share prices in parent company Nintendo have risen dramatically in the past few days. It's no surprise, then, that Hollywood studios want to jump on the Pokemon bandwagon. Legendary Pictures is the front-runner to land movie rights, according to Deadline. The company, known for projects such as Pacific Rim and Warcraft, wants to make a live-action version, though "it isn’t clear if that iteration of the game will be part of those movie plans."

While that may sound surprising, it's a reminder that the property stretches back to 1995, beginning as video games for Game Boy, Nintendo's handheld video game device. More video games soon followed, as well as an anime series, animated films, trading card games, various manga series and even a Monopoly board game.

Seventeen animated movies based on Pokemon have been produced so far. Pokemon: The First Movie was released in the U.S. in 1999 (see top image above and watch video below).

 

Obviously, there are many possibilities for a live-action Pokemon movie and we'll probably have a better idea once the rights issues are sorted out.