Pokémon Netflix live-action series Lucifer Joe Henderson

Variety is reporting that a Pokémon live-action series is in early development at Netflix, with Lucifer co-showrunner and executive producer Joe Henderson attached to write and executive produce the series. Netflix and Henderson have not officially commented on the project yet, but Lucifer is about to wrap up with its final season, clearing the way for Henderson to work on live-action Pokémon. No other details of the series have been ascertained yet, including plot.

Netflix is already the home of new Pokémon anime, and Master Journeys: The Series will launch in September. Additionally, the streamer has made a massive push into video game adaptations (and offering actual video games) as the competition for streaming supremacy heats up with the likes of Disney+ and HBO Max. For instance, it has found terrific success in the past year with The Witcher, which will be airing season 2 in December and debuting a prequel anime movie in August. But Netflix almost has too many game adaptations in development to even list them all. It includes The Cuphead Show!, a live-action Resident Evil series about Wesker, Captain Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Remix, Sonic Prime, a Tomb Raider anime, and so much more.

However, if done right, a Pokémon live-action series has the potential to generate more money for Netflix than probably any of these other series. After all, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is domestically the highest-grossing video game movie ever.


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!

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