The movie studio Legendary Entertainment plans to launch the first live-action Pokemon movie franchise.
The first Pokemon movie, called "Detective Pikachu," begins production in 2017.
The game "Pokemon Go" became a global phenomenon when it launched this month. Players search for digital creatures that pop up on smartphone screens as they move through real-world locations. The character Detective Pikachu was introduced in a video game in Japan.
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Universal Pictures will handle distribution of the film outside Japan as it does with Legendary's other films.
Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group, which owns AMC Theaters, bought Legendary Entertainment for $3.5 billion in January.