Detective Pikachu sequel already in development at Legendary
The Hollywood Reporter has brought word that ahead of the premiere of the highly-anticipated Detective Pikachu, Legendary Pictures has doubled down on the furry Pokémon’s crimefighting story with an order for a sequel. This news comes three months ahead of the premiere of the first live-action outing for the Pokémon franchise and plot details on the sophomore outing have not been revealed yet.
Oren Uziel will pen the script for the sequel, having previously worked on 22 Jump Street, Shimmer Lake and Freaks of Nature. Uziel recently penned the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, which is set to hit theaters on November 8, and is attached to pen the scripts for a Supergirl film and a reboot of Mortal Kombat.
The Detective Pikachu sequel order comes three months ahead of the premiere of the first live-action outing for the Pokémon franchise and plot details on the sophomore outing have not been revealed yet.
The Detective Pikachu movie’s eclectic cast consists of Golden Globe nominee Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) as the titular talking Pokemon with Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies), Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai), Suki Waterhouse (Assassination Nation), Rita Ora (Fifty Shades Freed) and Golden Globe winner Bill Nighy (Gideon’s Daughter). Smith will star as a teen whose father is kidnapped which leads him to Reynolds’ Pikachu and Kathryn Newton as a young journalist who team up in order to find him.
Goosebumps helmer Rob Letterman is on directing duty while Mary Parent (The Revenant) and Cale Boyter are producing the film for Legendary Entertainment. The screenplay was written by Letterman and Nicole Perlman.
Pokémon has delighted fans of all ages around the world for over two decades. With more than 300 million video games sold worldwide, 23.6 billion Pokémon TCG cards shipped to 74 countries, and an animated series spanning 20 seasons, Pokémon is one of the most successful entertainment properties in the world.
Detective Pikachu will arrive in theaters on May 11.