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.
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.
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!
Last month the ultra-popular manga/anime series My Hero Academia took its next big step with its first feature-length animated movie, and just days ago Bandai Namco’s fighting game adaptation of the series launched in the West. It seems like nothing can slow this franchise down now, and its next big move has already been announced: My Hero Academia is getting a live-action movie.
If that thought terrifies you, you’re not alone. Anime-to-live-action-movie productions aren’t always of the highest quality (or any quality, if you’re Netflix’s Death Note), but every now and then one succeeds. This particular project will be handled by Legendary Entertainment, with Alex Garcia (Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island) and Jay Ashenfelter (Pacific Rim: Uprising) supervising alongside Ryosuke Yoritomi from Shueisha.
The recently-released My Hero Academia: Two Heroes was a massive success in theaters, grossing $19,373,954 in Japan, North America, and Australia. It also secured a spot as one of the top ten highest-grossing domestic anime films of all time in the US. It’s not surprising that Shueisha would want to follow it up with a potentially even more lucrative live-action film. Let’s hope the result is a quality product that dedicated fans of the show can be proud to watch.
Back in 2016, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company surprised Japanese audiences with a very different kind of Pokémon game. Detective Pikachu ditches the traditional monster-catching gameplay for crime-solving, and it stars a talking Pikachu. Earlier this year the 3DS game made its way to the West, and around the same time, Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures began filming a movie adaptation.
We’ve heard little about the project since filming kicked off in January, although there were some leaked photographs showing off a few scenes. Today we may have a few more details in the form of an allegedly leaked plot synopsis. Here’s the latest from the rumor mill:
“The story begins when ace private eye Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu become reluctant partners on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City—a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live in partnership in a hyper-realistic live-action world—they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.”
This synopsis, if true, sticks pretty close to the plot of the game. Tim’s age has been changed from 18 to 21, but aside from that, it seems the movie will have a similar origin for its characters. It will be interesting to see how they pull off a “hyper-realistic” world, blended together with Pokémon.
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.
We’ve known for a while now that the Japanese exclusive Great Detective Pikachu is being adapted to the big screen by Legendary Entertainment. While the concept seems strange, there’s a ton of talent behind it, such as Alex Hirsch, Nicole Perlman, and Rob Letterman. Recently, Justice Smith and Kathryn Newton were cast as the film’s male and female lead respectively. With a ton of big names going into the production of the movie, many fans were left wondering who would play the Great Detective Pikachu. One fan favorite was Danny DeVito, but it seems another actor has stepped up to the role instead: Ryan Reynolds.
Many actors were reportedly considered for the part, including Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, and Hugh Jackman. While these all seem like incredibly odd choices, Pikachu talks with a much deeper voice in Great Detective Pikachu. The overall premise of such a game was silly in its own right, and now that it’s being adapted into a film, it only seems right to have somebody totally unexpected voice Pikachu. On top of this news, it seems filming will start in January 2018.
What do you guys think of this? Is Ryan Reynolds a good choice for Pikachu? Let us know what you think below!
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!
Earlier this year we learned that Legendary Entertainment had secured the rights to make a movie based off the 3DS game Great Detective Pikachu. The Pokémon spin-off game features a talking, crime-solving Pikachu, and the film adaptation is set to enter into production next year.
A few months ago we heard that Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch and Guardians of the Galaxy script writer Nicole Perlman were in talks to write the movie, and according to a new report, they’ve got the jobs. Additionally, a director has also been chosen for the Detective Pikachu movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rob Letterman has been chosen to direct the film. Letterman has previously directed movies like Shark Take, Monsters vs. Aliens, and the 2015 Goosebumps movie.
Legendary is reportedly fast-tracking the project to capitalize on the hype of Pokémon GO (hype that has been further fueled by the launch of Pokémon Sun and Moon), and they’re hoping the film will spawn a franchise. Universal will be handling distribution outside of Japan, while Toho will handle distribution of the film franchise in Japan.
What do you think of this choice for director? Let us know in the comments below!
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!
Pokémon GO has been so thoroughly dominating the video game news cycle in recent weeks that some players may not even realize a live-action Pokémon movie from Legendary Entertainment was announced a few weeks back. A film adaptation of 3DS spin-off game Great Detective Pikachuwill begin production next year, but hype for the film has been overshadowed by the immensely popular mobile app. J.C. Smith, consumer marketing director for The Pokémon Company, recently sat down for an interview with Venture Beat and discussed the unfortunate timing of the reveal.
GamesBeat: About Detective Pikachu, what was it like getting that deal together? From the outside it seems like a whirlwind — like it happened because of Pokémon GO. But were there more long-term discussions that the public missed out on?
J.C. Smith: Yeah, the unfortunate thing about the timing was it did seem like that was the reason. Obviously Hollywood doesn’t work like that. Deals don’t work like that. It’s been in discussion for a long time. For us, I’m glad we were able to announce it. We got a lot of great coverage about it. But it was one of those where there was so much GO news — normally this would be a much bigger piece of the news cycle, but in the end, we’re excited that we’re able to do this. People will learn a lot more soon.
Great Detective Pikachu may have to play second fiddle to Pokémon GO for now, but The Pokémon Company still has plenty of time to market the upcoming movie. I don’t imagine it will be too hard for them to gather inspire excitement for a live-action Pokémon movie.
This was one of the talking points on this week’s episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia, and we think Detective Pikachu is a great idea. Check out the discussion video above for our full thoughts, or keep reading below for a brief, brief summary.
Ben notes that Pokémon‘s live-action Super Bowl commercial was extremely popular, and they may be missing an opportunity to make the traditionally-inspired Pokémon movie many fans might have expected. And that’s surely true, but Detective Pikachu may be able to fill the void in interesting ways.
Pikachu is one of the most beloved characters in pop culture, so that’s one major point in Detective Pikachu‘s favor. But Detective Pikachu is an idea small and self-contained enough that the film around it can still provide glimpses of the Pokémon world we already know and love: trading, battling, and the general life of a world inhabited together by people and Pokémon. Alex even points out that Detective Pikachu could investigate Team Rocket’s criminal organization for additional nostalgia points. In this way, Detective Pikachu can bring together elements of Pokémon that all fans can potentially love within a new idea, rather than being confined to making a film that recreates an older adventure in a way that fails to live up to every fan’s dream movie.
For our full in-depth thoughts beyond this brief write-up, be sure to check out the discussion video above. If you like the video, you can subscribe to Nintendo Week on iTunes, where we release new episodes every Wednesday, or you could check out the full episode. If you don’t like long-form podcasts, you can subscribe to us on YouTube, where our discussion segments are uploaded on Thursdays, and these select snippets from the rest of the podcast—which we call NWC—are uploaded throughout the week. If you like what you hear, we’d love it if you leave us a review on iTunes, where you can find episodes covering tons of other subjects, or send us your feedback! We’d love to know what you think of the show, and how you think we can improve it.
For a few months now we’ve been hearing rumors that Legendary Entertainment is close to acquiring the rights to a live-action Pokémon movie. As it turns out, these rumors are correct, but the movie probably isn’t what you expected. Rather than creating a live-action adaptation of Ash Ketchum’s story, Legendary will be turning Great Detective Pikachu into a film. If you’re unfamiliar with the IP, it’s a Japan-only (at least for now) 3DS game that features a talking, crime-solving Pikachu.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that The Pokémon Company and Legendary have closed a deal on the movie rights (and sources indicate that Netflix was also a contender), and the film will begin production next year. Toho will handle distribution of the movie in Japan, while Universal Studios will be in charge of distribution everywhere else. So far we don’t have any details on the plot or cast, but we’ll keep you up to date as more news is announced!
A few months ago, we heard a very interesting rumor running around the internet—one that said The Pokémon Company was in the middle of auctioning off the rights to create a live-action Pokémon film. Some were fans of the idea, some weren’t, but either way it’s been a while since anything was said about the possibility. However, it looks like chatter might be starting up again, following the runaway success of Pokémon GO in the single week that it’s been out. Deadline is reporting that talks of a live-action movie centered around Pokémon have recommenced, with Legendary Entertainment still appearing to be the likeliest candidate for the deal.
Neither Legendary nor The Pokémon Company have commented on the possibility of a movie deal being struck, so this is certainly just a rumor and should be treated as such. However, I’d be shocked if there wasn’t at least some truth to it. Pokémon GO has proven just how much nostalgia-driven power the franchise still holds on people worldwide, which would certainly make it an enticing property for any production company to pursue.
Legendary was also rumored to be in the lead of negotiations a few months ago, so it makes sense to hear that they’d be pushing hard to get the deal locked down while Pokémania is at its peak—just imagine what it would mean if they could make an official announcement in the next few days! Until that announcement comes, however, let’s all continue to take this news with an extra helping of salt.
Would you like to see a live-action Pokémon movie? What would your ideal version of such a film be like? Give us your thoughts in the comments!