Pokémon movie to get CGI remake treatment 21 years later

'Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution' is expected in 2019

A new trailer for an upcoming Pokémon movie appears to show that it will be a CGI remake of the original 1998 animation film.

The short teaser for Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution, which was released on New Year’s Day as clocks struck midnight in Japan, shows a CGI Mewtwo chasing after Mew through the sky.

It’s unclear if the upcoming remake will be entirely CGI or a combination of CGI and older animation. The new film’s tagline – “The Legend Is Back” – and a promotional poster that looks like a tribute to the original movie hint that the new film will mine from the late filmwriter Takeshi Shudo’s original work.

As Den of Geek writes, Shudo’s credit on the film “indicates that this remake will follow the script of the original film very closely despite the apparent upgrade in animation technology”.

In other Pokémon news, Ryan Reynolds has shared a behind-the-scenes shot of him working on Pokémon: Detective Pikachu, a spin-off film that is due for release this year.

The official trailer for the live-action movie was unveiled back in November. It was met with by a mixed reaction from fans online, who drew comparisons between Ryan Reynolds’ Pikachu and the actor’s superhero role in Deadpool.