Hollywood is about to capitalise on the success of Pokémon Go with a live-action Pokémon film, but one man who definitely won’t be directing it is Oliver Stone.
The outspoken filmmaker revealed his seething hatred for all things Pikachu during his Comic-Con panel for his Edward Snowden movie.
Surveillance is clearly heavy on Stone’s mind post-Snowden – he warned the roomful of assembled film, TV and gaming geeks that their new favourite app will probably lead to totalitarianism.
“It’s not funny. What’s happening is a new level of invasion,” he said.
“The profits are enormous here for places like Google. They’ve invested a huge amount of money in data mining what you are buying, what you like, your behaviour.
“It’s what some people call surveillance capitalism. You’ll see a new form of, frankly, a robot society. It’s what they call totalitarianism.”
Zachary Quinto, who stars in Stone’s Snowden, perhaps had the best response to the Pokémon Go phenomenon on the panel.
“People need to pursue what makes them happy, what makes me happy is looking up at people and putting down my screen for at least some part of the day.”
Nintendo’s free game requires users to register their details, with sign-up through Google accounts an option.
The game’s makers Niantic have been forced to release a statement reassuring gamers that only basic Google data is being harvested – a user ID and email address.
Pikachu is watching you… but maybe not to the extent Stone fears.