Movie Talk: Legendary Lands ‘Pokemon’ Movie Rights; First Image of Pennywise from ‘It’

     July 13, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (July 13, 2016) Kristian Harloff, Jon Schnepp, Mark Ellis and Ashley Mova discuss the following:

  • Pokemon movie rights to Legendary Pictures
  • First image released of Pennywise from It
  • AMC Rewind
  • Live Twitter questions

pokemon-pikachuBack in April, reported that a bidding war was underway to acquire the rights to a live action Pokemon movie, with Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. and Legendary among the interested studios, Now it looks like a frontrunner has emerged. According to a report from Deadline, Legendary Pictures is moving toward a deal to land the rights to make a live-action film based on the decades-old pocket monster game from Japan. The game has now received a giant second wind since the release of the new app Pokemon Go – which has taken over social media conversations all over the world. Details are scarce at this point, with no deal having been reached. There have been rumors of a potential Pokemon pictures for some time now with one scenario rumored to have had Chronicle scribe Max Landis on board to write the script. Even Legendary at one point was rumored to be near a deal when everything went silent. Now it’s come back around. As of now, no deal has been made for Legendary.

The first image from the upcoming It movie has been unveiled, revealing the new Pennywise played by Hemlock Grove actor Bill Skarsgard. The new Stephen King adaptation has been in the works for years, with Mama helmer Andy Muscietti in the director’s chair. Filming is currently underway and stars Midnight Special breakout Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff,Chosen Jacobs, and Jeremy Ray TaylorIt is set for release on September 8, 2017.

jim-kay-a-monster-callsThe first full trailer for A Monster Calls has been released online. The film is based on the award-winning children’s novel and follows 12-year-old Conor played by Lewis MacDougall, as he “attempts to deal with his mother’s illness (played by Felicity Jones) and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith. A Monster Calls opens October 21st, and also stars Sigourney Weaver, Toby Kebbell and Liam Neeson as the voice of the monster.

AMC Rewind

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Image via New Line Cinema

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