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  • Lawrence Ng

Netflix Working on Upcoming Pokémon Live-Action Series, More Adaptations of Anime Shows

Updated: Aug 21, 2021

On 26 July 2021, Variety reported that Netflix is currently working on a new Pokémon live-action series.

"Lucifer" showrunner Joe Henderson is expected to write for and executive produce the upcoming show. Currently, he is the executive producer of the hit Netflix series "Lucifer", which will release its sixth and last season on 10 September 2021.

Aside from working on the fantasy series, he also had experience producing popular shows "Graceland", "White Collar" and "11.22.63".

Credit: Pokémon

Details about the Pokémon live-action series' plot and release date are scarce. While they wait for more news on this, fans can enjoy different Pokémon shows on Netflix such as "Pokémon The Series: Indigo League" and "Pokémon Journeys: The Series".

Credit: Warner Bros.

They can also watch the 2019 live-action film "Pokémon Detective Pikachu" on the streaming platform.

The Pokémon franchise received global success ever since it kicked off in 1995, with various films, television series and video games under its belt. Manga comics, books and a trading card game were created to promote the beloved Pokémon creatures and characters as well.

"Pokémon Detective Pikachu" was a box office hit when it was released in theatres in May 2019. The movie grossed over US$433 million around the world — approximately US$283 million more than its budget.

Netflix's live-action adaptation projects for the anime "One Piece" and "Cowboy Bebop" are in progress, with the latter to be released in Fall 2021. Meanwhile, "One Piece" executive producer Steven Maeda shared on Instagram that the show’s production resumed in March 2021.

Four other shows will be added to Netflix’s catalogue, all of which will have an animated treatment. One series will be dedicated to the Ubisoft game "Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon". Another "Far Cry" show is in development, but details about it have not been publicised.

The "Terminator" franchise and "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell" will get a straight-to-streaming series, too.


Written by Sophia Lopez

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