'Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution' Release Date on Netflix: When Does 'Pokemon' Remake Premiere?

Pokémon fans old and new, get prepared to make this famous GIF a reality as Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution is coming to Netflix.

According to the Pokémon website, the latest instalment of the franchise will be an animated CGI film called Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution and will premiere as a Netflix original on February 27, 2020.

The film sees Ash Ketchum, a wannabe Pokémon master, and his partner Pikachu get invited to an island for a legendary battle with genetically modified Pokémon, Mewtwo. The legendary Pokémon was created from a fossil of the Mythical Pokémon, Mew, and wants revenge on humanity after discovering his creators want to use him for destruction.

Pokemon Mewtwo Strikes Back
The latest instalment in the franchise is a CGI remake of "Pokemon: The First Movie" The Pokemon Company

Of course, Ash, Pikachu and their friends Misty and Brock, get caught up in Mewtwo's rampage, as well as the group's adversaries Jessie, James and a talking Meowth, also known as Team Rocket. To complicate matters further, Mew turns up and battles Mewtwo in a legendary showdown that ends up in tragedy.

In a news release, Emily Arons, senior vice president of international business at The Pokémon Company International, said: "The ubiquitous reach and expert team at Netflix make them the perfect partner to bring this special animated movie to kids and fans around the world.

"Netflix is the ideal platform to help us execute a global simultaneous launch of an animated Pokémon movie on Pokémon Day, a special moment dedicated to celebrating the worldwide Pokémon fan community."

The plot might sound familiar to many Pokémon fans. That is because this CGI animation is a reimagining of Pokémon: The First Movie, originally released in North America in 1999. It grossed ‎$172.7 million at the box office, following the success of the Pokémon original animated series, also known as Pokémon: Indigo League, and the Pokémon: Red / Blue game by Nintendo for the retro '90s Gameboy.

Key Character Art
Mewtwo and Mew
Team Rocket
Key character art from "Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution"

Since its inception in 1995, Pokémon has grown into an international sensation, sprouting video games, animated series, films, trading card games, mobile games such as Pokémon Go and live-action films such as Detective Pikachu.

According to Kantan Games, the Pokémon Company's net profit jumped 50 percent in one year (2018/2019) to $124 million. It is also considered one of the successful media franchises currently around today, with the company currently making $1.5 billion per year, according to publication License Global.

According to the Pokémon website, the new movie has been a major hit in Japan, where it debuted last year—it became one of the top-grossing films during its opening weekend.

Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution will premiere on Netflix on February 27, 2020.