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Sony, Warner Bros., Legendary Pictures battle for Pokémon movie rights

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The Hollywood Reporter reports on a "secret auction" for the film rights
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  • Friday, April 15, 2016

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According to a report posted on The Hollywood Reporter, The Pokémon Company is planning an auction for the Pokémon movie rights, which has led to a massive bidding war between several film studios.

According to the report, American film studios {{w[|Warner Bros.}} Entertainment and Sony Pictures Entertainment have expressed interest in possessing the film rights. However, the report mentions that another potential bidder, film financing firm Legendary Pictures, may come out as the potential victor of the bidding war, despite a representative for Legendary declining talks of an offer being put on the table.

Legendary Entertainment's filmography includes box office blockbusters like 300, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Pacific Rim, and the 2014 reboot of Godzilla. Last year, Legendary scored big with the box office behemoth Jurassic World with Universal Studios, who currently has a five year motion picture agreement with Legendary beginning 2014.

Warner Bros. had previously helped release the first three Pokémon movies based off the anime in the United States.

Both Warner Bros. and Sony declined to comment.

This is a developing story. More information may follow.