Following the massive success of the Pokémon Go app, a live-action Pokémon movie has been confirmed by Legendary Pictures, with the recently released Detective Pikachu game set to serve as the basis for the new film.
Some have been surprised by this news, expecting the new film to be based on one of the main series Pokémon games or the anime. Others find it a refreshing and interesting move. Here are four other Pokémon spin-offs that could serve as a basis for future films:
1. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Each game in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series follows a similar format. A human child finds themselves transformed into a Pokémon, soon befriending another Pokémon, with whom they form the titular Rescue Team. They set about undertaking missions to help their fellow Pokémon before eventually uncovering some sort of larger trouble.
Mystery Dungeon lends itself easily to a movie adaptation. The cuter Pokémon are your protagonists, scarier ones often antagonists, with the stories right there waiting to be adapted. I'd stick to a CGI film for this one though, rather than the live-action route being used for Detective Pikachu.
2. Pokémon Ranger
The Pokémon Ranger series casts the main character as the Pokémon Ranger of the title, often out to stop poachers or other evildoers using Pokémon in the wrong way. If done well, a Pokémon Ranger movie could entertain a wide audience, and even touch on vital environmental issues.
3. Pokémon Snap
Released at the height of the original wave of Poké-Mania, Pokémon Snap follows photographer Todd Snap as he takes photographs of Pokémon to include in a report for Professor Oak.
While maybe not a great choice for a standalone film, a Pokémon photographer could serve as a great supporting character in a Pokémon Ranger movie.
4. Raikou: The Legend Of Thunder
Spanning the first three episodes of Pokémon Chronicles, Raikou: The Legend Of Thunder follows three young Pokémon Trainers — Jimmy, Marina, and Vincent — as they try to prevent a pair of Team Rocket members from capturing the legendary Pokémon Raikou.
With the right special effects, and maybe the addition of fellow legendary dogs Entei and Suicune to raise the stakes, this could truly be a spectacle on the big screen. Let's see if Pikachu approves:
What kind of Pokémon movie would you like to see?