Netflix unveils new live-action Pokémon TV series and film

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Aubree Shaw, Staff Reporter

In 2019, fans of the hit video game and TV franchise Pokémon were thrilled by the live-action movie Detective Pikachu starring Ryan Reynolds. In late July of this year, popular streaming service Netflix announced that they’re developing a new live-action film and a tie-in live-action TV series for the franchise.

So far, Netflix has revealed that the live-action movie and show are reboots of the series instead of sequels to Pokémon: Detective Pikachu, and that Joe Henderson, co-leading producer of the popular comedy-drama television series Lucifer, will be an executive producer and writer. However, details such as the plots, main characters, and release dates remain unknown at this time, as the film and TV show are both still in their first stages of development. Because of this, fans are debating on whether or not Ash Ketchum, the star of the other TV series, will be the main character or if he’ll be featured at all.

Even with all the unknown details, Pokémon fans around the world are buzzing about the news as the television show will be the first live-action one and the film will be the twenty-fourth based on the franchise, which made its debut with the video games Pocket Monsters Red and Pocket Monsters Green on February 27, 1996, in Japan, and Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue on September 28 of the same year for the rest of the world. Along with the new live-action movie and TV show, fans can also look forward to the Netflix animated movie Pokémon: Secrets of the Jungle on October 8, and the series’ latest games, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl for the Nintendo Switch, which are reboots of the 2006 games Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl for the Nintendo DS, and are due for release on November 19.