The release of Pokemon Go in America has resulted in Nintendo’s $9 billion stock price jumping up a massive 25%, so it should come as no surprise to learn that talks of a live-action adaptation have once again started. It was back in April that we first heard about Legendary Pictures’ interest in developing the property, but the new game’s success has renewed their interest in it and it’s thought that they’re nearing a deal to acquire the rights.

It sounds like it’s still early days, but it’s honestly surprising that a live-action Pokemon movie hasn’t already happened. Nintendo is notoriously protective of its properties after some terrible big screen adaptations in the past though, but seeing as interest in the franchise has never gone away, they would be smart to introduce it to whole new generation.

Rumours point to Max Landis (Chronicle) possibly being eyed to pen the screenplay, but time will tell on that front. This deal has to be made first, but it should be interesting to see how things develop from here. Pokemon was first released in 1996, and it would go on to launch almost countless sequels, a massively addictive trading card game, an animated series, and a vast array of merchandise. Pokemon Go has been a phenomenon in Japan and the US.

Expect more details on this to follow soon, and prepare yourself to have catch ’em all…