Are you feeling oversaturated by all the Detective Pikachu trailers Legendary has been dishing out in recent weeks? How about a change of pace! The latest promotion for the first big, live-action Pokémon movie is less of a trailer and more of a behind the scenes featurette… although it does feature plenty of scenes from the movie. Stars Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, and Kathryn Newton all chime in to give their thoughts on Detective Pikachu ahead of its release.
Legendary Entertainment is keeping their foot on the pedal when it comes to advertising Detective Pikachu. They’ve been pumping out trailers left and right over the past few weeks, and today another sneak peek dropped, courtesy of Ryan Reynolds. The latest look at the upcoming Pokémon movie features shots of the film’s many adorable monsters in their natural habitats set to the tune of “What a Wonderful World.” It all ends with an emotional moment between Detective Pikachu and Tim.
We’re just a few weeks away from the theatrical debut of Detective Pikachu, the first major live-action Pokémon movie. Last year, British singer/actress Rita Ora joined the cast of the film as a scientist, and she’s since released a song (performed with the DJ Kygo) that will be featured in it. Additionally, Ora has released a music video for the song, Carry On, that takes place in some of Detective Pikachu‘s settings and includes clips from the movie.
Next month, millions around the world will head to the theaters to watch Ryan Reynolds portray a talking, crime-solving Pikachu. If you weren’t already hyped for the first big, live-action Pokémon movie based on that, The Pokémon Company is sweetening the deal. As a special bonus, everyone who sees the movie on opening weekend (May 10th – 12th) gets a free Pokémon trading card.
This special Pokémon Trading Card Game card features Detective Pikachu himself. He’s got 90 HP and comes with a healing move called Coffee Break (how appropriate) and a Corkscrew Punch attack that deals 20 damage. The card depicts Detective Pikachu sipping on a cup of coffee at the Hi-Hat Cafe. It’s nothing spectacular or overpowered, but it’s a fun little treat for fans.
Over the years, Build-A-Bear Workshop has teamed up with The Pokémon Company to create numerous Pokémon plushies, including Vulpix, Meowth, Squirtle, Charmander, Eevee, and many more. With hundreds of adorable monsters to choose from, it’s a match made in heaven, and the next team-up between the two companies may be their most popular one yet.
The official Twitter account for Build-A-Bear just tweeted out an old Detective Pikachu trailer with the following message: “We have a hunch that this trailer will only make everyone even MORE excited for May 10. Details on an upcoming in-store event inspired by Pokémon #DetectivePikachu coming soon!“
That’s right, Build-A-Bear is doing a Detective Pikachu event! Presumably, the titular talking Pikachu himself will be available for purchase, but it’s not clear if other creatures from the movie will be part of the festivities. There’s no official date for this event at this time, but with the movie just a month away we suspect we’ll be hearing more very soon.
As of today, we’re officially just one month away from the theatrical debut of Detective Pikachu. Based on the 3DS game of the same name, the movie stars Ryan Reynolds as a talking, crime-solving Pikachu that teams up with a young man looking for his missing father. Legendary has been pumping out trailers left and right, and today (via Reynolds himself) they released a “Casting Sneak Peak” that shows off some of the many Pokémon you’ll see in the movie.
We’re less than two months away now from the theatrical release of Detective Pikachu, and the hype is strong! Despite the fact that fan-favorite Danny DeVito didn’t land the titular role, most audiences are thrilled that the prospect of Ryan Reynolds as a talking Pikachu. Reynolds himself has just released another new trailer titled “No Clue” that shows off new footage and packs a few laughs in along the way.
Ever since Detective Pikachu first released for 3DS in Japan, fans have been obsessed with the idea of Danny DeVito being cast as the English voice of the titular detective. A petition gained over 50,000 signatures, and the news eventually reached DeVito himself, who famously asked, “What the **** is Pokémon?“
As it turns out, the team behind the upcoming Detective Pikachu movie also had DeVito in mind as a candidate for the crime-solving Pokémon. Detective Pikachu Producer Cale Boyter recently had a chat with Game Informer, and when the topic of DeVito came up, he confirmed that it was considered.
“We definitely thought about it and how it might inform the spirit of it. Danny is incredible by the way. I am a huge fan of Danny DeVito.” — Cale Boyter
VFX Producer Greg Baxter went even further, stating that the team actually animated Pikachu synced to voice clips of Danny DeVito from past roles. DeVito was one of several actors given this treatment during a testing phase, and the test footage was apparently quite funny. Like Boyter, Baxter talked about the “spirit” of a DeVito-voiced Pikachu impacting the movie.
“It was really very funny, so I couldn’t speak to all the reasons why it wasn’t Danny DeVito cast. I love Danny and some point maybe after the movie comes about, we can share those early tests. It’s absolutely hilarious.” — Greg Baxter
“I can’t give away too much, but in terms of where the story goes and how it evolves, we had to sort of look at everything, including what fans weren’t seeing yet to make the decision. But that spirit of Danny DeVito, I promise you, is still inside of Pikachu.” — Greg Baxter
Eventually, it was decided that Ryan Reynolds, not Danny DeVito, would be playing Pikachu. Baxter joked with Game Informer’s Kyle Hilliard that Reynolds would love the idea of Danny DeVito’s spirit living on in Pikachu. Now if only we could get a look at those test videos…
It’s a great time to be a Pokémon fan! We just learned that we’re getting a Pokémon Direct tomorrow, likely giving us our first look at the eighth generation of Pokémon games, and today we just received a new trailer for Detective Pikachu. This extended trailer is over two minutes long and fills in some more story details while showing off lots of action and previously unrevealed monsters. There’s even a rather grand entrance from Mewtwo.
In less than three months, millions of fans around the world will get to experience a live-action Pokémon movie when Detective Pikachu hits theaters. Ryan Reynolds will be voicing the titular character, and he recently put out a video to give us some insight into his creative process when preparing for a role. In typical Ryan Reynolds fashion… it goes off the rails quick. We won’t spoil the hilarity here, but we will say that a brand new trailer is dropping tomorrow!
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It’s hard to believe that we’re only a few months away from a major live-action (and CGI) Pokémon movie, but that’s where we are! Ryan Reynolds makes his debut as Detective Pikachu on May 10th, and Legendary Pictures is reportedly so confident that they’re already working on a sequel. In the meantime, you can get hyped yourself by checking out the latest teaser trailer.
For the past few years, Legendary Entertainment has been working with The Pokémon Company to create a live-action adaptation of Detective Pikachu. We got our first look at the film back in November, and the response from fans was overwhelmingly positive. We’re still over three months away from its theatrical debut, but if the latest report on the project is to be believed, the excitement from fans has Legendary feeling extremely confident.
According to Hollywood Reporter (the same group that broke the story of the movie’s existence in the first place), Legendary is so sure they have a huge hit on their hands that they’ve already started working on its sequel. Legendary has apparently hired on Oren Uziel as the scriptwriter for the second film. Uziel is perhaps best known for his work on 22 Jump Street and The Cloverfield Paradox. He also has experience working with adaptations from video games, including the 2010 short film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth and one episode of the subsequent Mortal Kombat: Legacy series. He is also involved in the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie.
At this time, a Detective Pikachu sequel has not yet been confirmed by any of the companies involved. That said, Hollywood Reporter has proven correct in regards to Detective Pikachu in the past, so there’s a good chance their scoop is right on the money. Hopefully, this means the movie will be as huge of a success as Legendary is envisioning!
It’s still a little hard to believe, but we’re less than four months away from the theatrical release of a big budget Hollywood Pokémon movie. Rather than focusing on the typical Elite Four challenge story, the upcoming film is an adaptation of the Detective Pikachu game on 3DS, with Ryan Reynolds voicing the titular character. A new commercial was just released, and although it’s mostly recycled footage, there are a few new tidbits in there as well.
Over 20 years after the series made its debut, Pokémon is finally getting its first official live-action movie, but it’s not following the formula of the main series games. Instead, Hollywood turned to a little-known Nintendo 3DS spin-off game called Detective Pikachu. We’ve known that a film adaptation has been in the works for quite some time, but yesterday we finally got our first look at the movie, including Ryan Reynolds as a talking, crime-solving Pikachu. Was it everything you were hoping for, nightmare fuel, or something else entirely?
I was skeptical when the team behind the film began talking about “hyper-realistic” Pokémon, and seeing them for the first time was definitely a bit jarring at first. However, by the end of the trailer, I felt like I could get pretty comfortable in the Pokémon world crafted by Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary. Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu is an interesting choice (sorry, Danny DeVito fans), and I think he works pretty well.
By choosing to go with Detective Pikachu, instead of a more standard Pokémon game, they can also avoid focusing on the concept of what essentially boils down to professional animal fights. Given the realistic look, it might be hard to pitch a script about little kids having their pets battle like in the games.
Overall, I think it looks like a fun movie. I’m not expecting a masterpiece by any means, but it should bring a lot of joy to children and children at heart around the globe. Do you feel the same, or do you have another take? Sound off in the comments!
Detective Pikachu recently came to the West on 3DS, and soon it will be making the jump from the small, handheld screen to the massive theater screen. The movie adaptation, starring Ryan Reynolds as a talking Pikachu, began filming earlier this year, and it’s slated for release in 2019. Today we finally got a good look at the upcoming film, as its first trailer dropped.
Detective Pikachu stars Justice Smith as a 21-year-old boy named Tim who teams up with a talking, crime-solving Pikachu to solve mysteries, including the disappearance of his father. As you can see from the trailer, Legendary Entertainment decided to go with a realistic look for the movie’s many Pokémon.
What do you think of this debut trailer? Are you digging the visuals and the tone, or were you hoping for something else? Sound off in the comments!
It all feels like a fever dream. London is the stage, Goosebumps‘ Rob Letterman is the director with Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch and Guardians of the Galaxy writer Nicole Perman on board as screenwriters, and Ryan Reynolds is starring as the tough-talking, coffee-drinking, one-of-a-kind titular Pikachu.
Now, with preliminary preparations complete, the anticipated Detective Pikachu movie has finally left pre-production with principal photography now underway in the United Kingdom’s capital.
Reynolds stars opposite to Ken Watanabe, who starred internationally in high profile films such as Godzilla and Inception, and co-leads with The Get Down‘s Justice Smith and Paranormal Activity 4‘s Kathryn Newton. Produced by Legendary Entertainment with The Pokémon Company’s Tsunekazu Ishihara overseeing development as an executive producer, the live-action Pokémon movie is an adaptation of the Great Detective Pikachu game released in Japan for Nintendo 3DS in 2016, and it is scheduled to be distributed to theaters outside of Japan by Universal Studios in 2019.
More news has finally surfaced about the upcoming Detective Pikachu movie. While it is still odd that the game itself remains a Japanese-only release, the property has still gotten fans excited. It has also gotten a director and script writers pumped enough to tackle the ambitious live-action film adaptation. Filming will begin in London in January of next year.
Rob Letterman has signed on to direct the movie with Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch as screenwriters. Letterman is known for directing the recent live-action Goosebumps movie and animated films such as Monsters vs. Aliens. Casting announcements are expected to be revealed soon.
What do you think about the talent lined up for Detective Pikachu? Did you expect the movie to start filming so soon? What is your gut feeling for whether this film will be good or not? Let us know what you think in the comments below!