We’re Getting A Second Detective Pikachu Movie
Traditionally Pokemon movies have been animated and targeted at kids. As that fanbase grew older, a live-action take on the franchise aimed at a broader audience seemed almost inevitable, but no one expected it to be based on the obscure spinoff game Detective Pikachu for 3DS. At the time the movie was announced, the game hadn’t been confirmed for an English release.
But Nintendo managed to get the game out shortly before the movie, and the movie turned out to be just fine, as weird as it was to hear Deadpool’s voice come out of Pikachu. It also did pretty well financially — enough for all parties involved to greenlight a sequel.
Detective Pikachu 2 was announced today from Legendary, the production company behind the first movie. Jonathan Krisel, co-creator of Portlandia and the FX series Baskets, has been given the job of director and Chris Galletta (The Kings of Summer) is now writing the script. It’s being said Sony will be the distributor of the sequel after Legendary and WB had a falling out (WB will retain partial ownership of the original movie).
The biggest question here is how THAT version of Pikachu manages to come back again. We won’t spoil the ending of the first movie here, but the way things turned out. it makes the likelihood of a Pikachu with Ryan Reynolds’ voice walking around for a second time feel unlikely. It’s possible this rodent could be a different detective. Reynolds has not been confirmed as the voice yet.
There is no word on when we could be seeing Detective Pikachu 2 come out in theaters.
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