(Check out my latest poll if you'd like! I've got some new options. By the way, Terminus Revised is still on the table: I'm currently writing it as a screenplay, and just haven't found time to post it here. I will probably prioritize that over these poll options.)
About 6 months ago, there were rumblings of a bidding war for the rights to a Pokémon movie. It eventually was revealed to be a Detective Pikachu movie, but up until then, I began brainstorming my own idea for how a live-action Pokémon movie could work. This is, of course, what I came up with!
13-year-old Jack Redford is a new resident to the rural town of Pallet Town in the region Kanto. He lives with his mother, Elizabeth: his father, Norman, left him when he was a young child. As a result of this, Jack is rash and rebellious, much to his mother's dismay.
Upon settling in to Pallet Town, Jack, along with three other children his age, is asked to visit the local Pokémon laboratory by the lab's owner, Professor Samuel Oak. There, Professor Oak gifts each of the children a Pokedex for logging the many species of Pokémon, and a single Pokémon of their own, as a rite of passage for the four children. Jack, the last of the four to receive a Pokémon, is reluctantly given Professor Oak's final available Pokémon, an electric-type Pikachu.
As Jack struggles to train his own rebellious Pikachu, he acquaints himself with the other children: Hannah, fiery and competitive; Wade, pacifistic and intellectual; and John, arrogant and cold-natured. Jack befriends Hannah and Wade, but clashes with John. One night, Hannah convinces Jack to, alongside Wade, sneak away from home and travel to the Pokémon League Championship across the region, much like John plans to do. Jack gladly accepts the offer.
As the trio travels across Kanto, they encounter and capture various kinds of Pokémon, battle a multitude of colorful gym leaders, and learn more about themselves along the way. Elizabeth, naturally protective of her son, searches for him alongside a giddy police officer, fearful of what he may discover in his travels. All the while, a sinister plot involving attempted Pokémon cloning surfaces from the mysterious Rocket Industries.
Some notes of how I'd handle select things:
*Tonally, I'd want this to cover a few different genres. The sports underdog story of something like Rocky, the coming-of-age story of something like Stand By Me, and the family drama story of something like The Kings of Summer. It's as much a movie about the human relationships as it is one about the human-Pokémon relationships. Very Spielbergian, like E.T. Of course, the story would also follow the main structure of the games.
*The main cast would consist of child actors in order to match the spirit of the games. It's just not the same having a 21-year-old in the role, in my opinion! Feel free to cast them however you'd like though!
*The Pokémon themselves would be CGI, but in a way that retains their cartoonish style from the games.
*The big emotional core of the third act would revolve around the reveal that Norman, Jack's father,
became the Pokémon League champion and refuses to step down or return home, which eventually split him from his family.
*The Mewtwo subplot would mostly be for second act storytelling, but would end up supporting the third act “twist” a la Super 8, where the alien ends up strengthening the bond between father and son.
*There'd be plenty of references to the games, in everything from character cameos to musical motifs in the score.
Rated PG for sequences of action and brief language.
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