Despite the meme that Netflix makes terrible anime adaptations, the series is still pushing forward with live-action versions of Cowboy Bebop, One Piece, and more. Now one more series has been announced in the form of everyone favorite pocket monsters.
As per Variety, Netflix has hired Lucifer’s Joe Henderson to develop a live-action Pokemon series. We have no official details or plot for the show yet, but the project is said to be ‘akin to the Detective Pikachu film’ which came out back in 2019.
Seeing that the success of the film depended heavily on the believable presence of Pokemon in the world, Netflix is going to need a lot of money to make their series as heavily populated by Pokemon. For comparison, the VFX of His Dark Materials was impressive, but you can tell that the animals are used sparingly onscreen, and some people are given bug daemons possibly because they are smaller and easier to animate.
While Detective Pikachu didn’t really shatter any box office records, the film was still received pretty well, and a lot of fans thought that this would be the right direction to take live-action Pokemon. While a series is possible, it will probably not have the same kind of visuals that we can expect from a full-length film.
I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what Henderson and his team will manage to come up with for Netflix.
No release date has been set for the live-action Pokemon series yet, but you can check out Pokemon: Indigo League and Pokemon Journeys now on Netflix.