Legendary's Pokemon Movie Lands Writers

Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch are in talks to write the script based on the popular Japanese property.
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Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch are in talks to write Legendary's live-action Pokemon movie based on Detective Pikachu.

Legendary and The Pokemon Co. previously announced that they will launch the first Pokemon live-action film franchise based on Detective Pikachu, a new character in the Pokemon universe. The news came on the heels of Pokemon Go, the augmented reality game that has become an obsession.

Universal Pictures will handle distribution of the live-action film outside of Japan. Toho will handle distribution in Japan.

Pokemon, first created by Satoshi Tajiri in 1995, is a franchise of video games, trading cards, TV shows, comic books and movies that center on the unique creatures that are collected by Pokemon Trainers, who then train them to battle for sport.

Perlman worked on Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, along with Captain Marvel with writer Meg LeFauve. She is repped by CAA and Management 360.

Hirsch is the creator and executive producer of Disney’s Gravity Falls series. He is repped by UTA and Morris Yorn Barnes.

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