Considering the huge amount of publicity Pokémon has received this year thanks to a certain popular augmented reality game, it’s not really surprising that we’ll be seeing a new Pokémon feature film coming out soon. Legendary Pictures announced in July that they had plans to create the live-action movie Detective Pikachu, with writers Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls) and Nichole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) coming on board to work on its script. It looks like the movie now has a director too, as Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) has also just joined the Detective Pikachu team.
The upcoming movie is said to be the first of a number of films on the way in a new Detective Pikachu franchise, based on the original Great Detective Pikachu video game. Its story follows a talking Pikachu who is particularly skilled at detective work and solving mysteries. Pikachu allegedly teams up with a boy called Tim and together they investigate crimes involving Pokémon in the city. Nobody yet knows the full extent of the film’s plot, however, but it will be interesting to see how Legendary Pictures goes about representing Pikachu as a live-action character, particularly as (if the Japanese trailers for Great Detective Pikachu are anything to go by) he may well be losing the recognizably adorable high-pitched voice normally associated with Pikachu, and will be able to talk like a human. What on earth is he going to sound like? Who will be his voice actor? Imagine Pikachu being voiced by someone like Benedict Cumberbatch or Robert Downey Jr… This could be intriguing.
The movie’s new director Rob Letterman, who is best known for his work on Monsters vs. Aliens (2009), Shark Tale (2004) and Goosebumps (2015), looks likely to be very busy for the next few years, as whilst he works with Legendary Pictures on the new Pokémon film, he will also be working on the upcoming Goosebumps 2, Dungeons & Dragons, and Captain Underpants films. However, based on his previous animated film credentials, we can hopefully be quietly confident in his abilities to help make Detective Pikachu a great new addition to the world of Pokémon.