20 years into its global domination, Pokémon is hotter than ever thanks to the astounding success of AR game Pokémon GO. Among the pocket monster property’s upcoming projects is its first live-action movie.
Based on the Detective Pikachu game (released in Japan in February for Nintendo 3DS), the movie is being produced by Legendary Entertainment in collaboration with The Pokémon Company. EW reports that negotiations are underway to sign writers Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Alex Hirsch, creator of hit animated Disney Channel series Gravity Falls.
In the game, players follow Tim Goodman as he ventures into the big city to search for his missing father, where he encounters Detective Pikachu — everyone’s favorite electric mouse, wearing a Sherlock Holmes style deerstalker hat. The duo are quickly caught up in a quest to catch a thief and return a stolen necklace. The gameplay combines point-and-click “investigation” with logic puzzles to crack the case.