Rob Letterman is going from catching all of R.L. Stein’s monstrous creations to catching Pokemon. The filmmaker behind Goosebumps has been tapped to direct the live-action Pokemon movie, Detective Pikachu, according to a press release.
Legendary Pictures closed a deal earlier this year to acquire the film rights to the property, and quickly went into development on a new movie while the Pokemon Go craze was at peak insanity. I wonder if anyone has any regrets now that that portion of our lives was so Summer 2016. (Ninantic, the company that released Pokemon Go, were said to have lost millions of subscribers.)
As the name suggests, the film — which will spawn a new franchise, assuming all goes well — will focus on Detective Pikachu. This is not your average Pikachu. The character is the star of the Japanese video game Great Detective Pikachu (and I feel ridiculous just saying this), donning a Sherlock Holmes cap and magnifying glass to solve mysteries and drink espresso. That’s according to the game trailer, anyway.
Nicole Perlman, a Marvel veteran on films like Guardians of the Galaxy and the forthcoming Captain Marvel, and Alex Hirsch (Disney XD’s Gravity Falls) were enlisted to pen the script. It’s unclear exactly what this film will be about, but the studio promises to center on a new storyline in the universe.
All involved are determined to tab into the property’s immense audience, which are spread across the cartoons, trading cards, video games, and comic books. There were a string of animated movies released over the years, beginning with Pokemon: The First Movie in 1999 with Mew and Mewtwo. Pokemon: The Movie 2000 dropped a year later with the legendary beast Lugia, and it expanded from there as the franchise introduced Diamond & Pearl and XY series.
Back in my day, there were only 151 Pokemon. Now there are too many to count, but that means there’s a lot to pull from.