While the chances of Danny DeVito voicing Great Detective Pikachu‘s titular character aren’t looking too hot, Legendary Pictures has some intriguing news regarding the staff of the upcoming live-action Pokémon film. According to a report from Variety, writers Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch are currently in talks to write the film adaptation of the 3DS game Great Detective Pikachu. Even if these two don’t sound familiar to you, there’s a high chance you’re at least familiar with some of their film and TV work, respectively.
Nicole Perlman is best known for co-writing the Guardians of the Galaxy script, as well as working on the first Thor movie; Marvel has also hired her to write for the upcoming Captain Marvel film. Alex Hirsch is the producer of the hit Disney animated series Gravity Falls, and he has contributed as a writer, animator, and voice actor to various other TV series and projects. You may also remember his drawings of several presidential candidates in Pokémon form, should anyone need evidence of his creative potential with respect to the franchise. This would be Hirsch’s first film credit.
Personally, I quite enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy, and as a big fan of Gravity Falls and Hirsch’s work in general, my excitement level for this movie has gone from “mildly interested” to “Mabel on a sugar high.” How do you feel about these writer choices for Great Detective Pikachu? What else would you like to see from the first live-action Pokémon adaptation? Let us know in the comments below!