Unconfirmed information recently arose suggesting that The Pokémon Company is auctioning off the movie rights to the Pokémon franchise, seeking a partner—the frontrunning bidders being Legendary Entertainment, Warner Bros., and Sony Pictures—with which to make a “big-budget, live-action Pokémon movie.” This kind of idea immediately triggers flashbacks to the legions of horrible game-to-film movie adaptions in recent years, and even adaptions of other beloved childhood series like Transformers, Ninja Turtles, and more.

This was one of the talking points on
this week’s episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia, and we think there’s actually an opportunity to nail this film. Check out the discussion video above for our full thoughts on the concept, or keep reading below for a brief, brief summary.

After fighting the impulse to make an adrenaline-heavy feature film, The Pokémon Company’s partner could instead seek to portray the values that make the
Pokémon series so uniquely special, like friendships, harmony between humans our fellow living creatures, and the inspiring journey of an untamed world. In the discussion we explore many such themes and the way the Pokémon franchise portrays them before turning our attention to the three major bidders, our ideal of which would be Warner Bros.

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Colin McIsaac
I first played Donkey Kong Country before even turning three years old, and have since grown into an avid gamer and passionate Nintendo fan. I started working at Zelda Informer in August 2012, and helped found Gamnesia, which launched on February 1, 2013. Outside of the journalism game, I'm an invested musician who loves arranging music from video games and other media. If you care to follow my endeavors, you can check out my channel here: http://youtube.com/user/pokemoneinstein I was rummaging through some things a while back and found my first grade report card. My teacher said, "Oddly enough, Colin doesn't like to write unless it's about computers or computer-type games. In his journal he likes to write about what level he is on in 'Mario Land,' but he doesn't often write about much else." I was pretty amused, given where I am today. Also I have a dog, and he's a pretty cool guy. I don't care for elephants much. I suppose they're okay. You've read plenty now; carry on.

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