The planned Detective Pikachu movie is now pressing ahead, over a year since news of its existence first came to light. We now learn that Legendary Entertainment is planning to start filming the movie next January, Goosebumps‘ Rob Letterman is set to direct the film, which will go before the cameras in London. No casting news for the film has been announced yet, though.
From August 2016
With Pokemon Go unexpectedly becoming a worldwide pop culture phenomenon, Legendary Pictures quickly picked up the film rights to the Pokemon property in July and greenlit a project based on the upcoming Detective Pickachu video game. Now Variety reports that the Detective Pickachu adaptation will be written by Nicole Pearlman and Alex Hirsch.
Pearlman is a longtime member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe writing brain trust, earning credits on hits like Thor and Guardians Of The Galaxy. She’s been so successful for Marvel that she’s been tapped to pen the upcoming Captain Marvel movie with Meg LeFauve (Inside Out). She’ll also be lending her talents to Robert Downey Jr and Susan Downey’s Team Downey, contributing to the development of a third Sherlock Holmes film.
Alex Hirsch is the animator and writer behind animated series like Cartoon Network’s The Marvelous Misadventures Of Flapjack and the critically beloved hit Disney series Gravity Falls. Hirsch also recently signed a development deal with Fox to develop a new animated series for the network.
Both writers seem to understand the fun off-beat tone that will surely be necessary to bring an idea like Detective Pickachu to life.
There’s no word on a director or release date yet for Detective Pickachu, but we’ll be on the case when the news breaks.