Netflix is developing a series based on Nintendo, Game Freak, and Creatures’ immensely popular and best-selling media franchise, Pokémon. According to Variety’s exclusive report, Netflix’s Pokémon series will be a live-action one comparable to the Detective Pikachu film released in 2019 starring Ryan Reynolds and Justice Smith. Sources say that Joe Henderson, who serves as co-showrunner and executive producer on Netflix’s Lucifer, will write and executive produce the new Pokémon series. Nothing is known about the plot yet, however.
The move to develop an original Netflix Pokemon series comes as the streamer has made itself the home to multiple existing Pokemon shows, including “Pokemon: Indigo League” and “Pokemon Journeys” among others. Netflix has also been making a strong push into anime in recent years, having previously announced original series based on “Far Cry,” “Splinter Cell,” and “Terminator.”