Netflix and The Pokémon Company are reportedly collaborating to create a live-action Pokémon TV series, with production in the early stages of development.
Speaking to Variety, sources confirmed that the two companies have started work on the adaptation but that the show has not been officially confirmed and could be canceled before it goes into full production.
Although very little is known about the potential series, Joe Henderson is apparently attached as both a writer and executive producer. He is perhaps best known for his role as executive producer for the Netflix show Lucifer.
The same sources revealed that this live-action adaptation would be similar to the 2019 film Detective Pikachu, blending live-action with CGI to create realistic versions of the pokémon.
Netflix has an existing relationship with The Pokémon Company. In the U.S., Netflix currently hosts anime series Pokémon: Indigo League and Pokemon Journeys.
A live-action Pokémon would be just the latest in a number of projects Netflix is developing based on video games. Netflix already has a collection of deals with Ubisoft to create content based on gaming franchises such as Splinter Cell, Assassin’s Creed, The Division, and Far Cry. And in February, Netflix announced a new Sonic the Hedgehog animated series is coming in 2022.