Yesterday saw the drop of the first trailer for Detective Pikachu, and so far, reactions from the fans have been mostly positive. As it turns out the movie could be standing as a testing ground for other anime adaptations. Next in line? A live-action Naruto.
This comes from Geeks WorldWide senior editor Caleb Williams:
Just a slight correction, it's actually Lionsgate that holds the rights to Naruto, but the big news here is that a movie is in the works and it has the creator of the manga directly involved in the process.
For now, the only live-action material for Naruto is a theater play, and you have to admit their translations of the characters are looking spot on. Just imagine if the live-action film actually had the proper budget and means of a Hollywood blockbuster?
The closest anime adaptations we have coming to the screen are that of Detective Pikachu and Alita: Battle Angel. There have been rumblings around about a Gundam movie in the works with Legendary as well as a Cowboy Bebop series with Netflix.
The way these live-action adaptations usually go, they don't really hold a candle to the original source material; just look at the live-action iterations of Attack on Titan, Death Note, Fullmetal Alchemist, Bleach, and so much more. But with the involvement of the original creator as well as the support of Hollywood, we could be looking at a new generation of anime-to-live-action films.
Detective Pikachu comes out May 11, 2019.