‘Detective Pikachu’ Sequel Already in the Works with ’22 Jump Street’ Writer

     January 25, 2019

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Legendary must be feeling pretty good about their upcoming Pokemon-inspired movie Detective Pikachu, because almost three months before the film hits theaters, the studio has started developing a sequel. THR reports that the studio has hired 22 Jump Street Oren Uziel to write the script for the follow-up. The plot details are still under wraps.

Detective Pikachu stars Ryan Reynolds as the voice of everyone’s favorite cuddly pokémon Pikachu as he assists Tim (Justice Smith), the son of an ace detective who takes on a case of his own when his father goes missing. Goosebumps director Rob Letterman is directing from a script he co-wrote with Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy). The film blends CGI and live-action to bring PIkachu’s adventures to life, and the first trailer turned out to be a big hit.

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The films are inspired by the international sensation Pokemon, the animated series and card game that lets players train little monstrous/adorable creatures called Pokemon to compete in tournaments. The AR app Pokemon Go capitalized on the craze a couple years ago and became a sensation in its own right, allowing fans to capture creatures and train them on their phones, depending on their real world location. Detective Pikachu is a bit of a different beast, transplanting the beloved character into a comedy mystery where he’s a skilled investigator who aspires to be a detective.

Uziel has been keeping busy lately, most recently working on Sony’s Men in Black International and Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog adaptation. Uziel also penned the script that was eventually transformed into The Cloverfield Paradox at Bad Robot. He’s also working on Warner Bros.’ Supergirl script.

Detective Pikachu also stars Ken WatanabeKathryn NewtonSuki WaterhouseRita Ora, and Bill Nighy, and hits theaters on May 10, 2019.

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