Legendary Studios is moving forward with the live-action Detective Pikachu film. Earlier this year it a bidding war was rumored to take place for the rights of a live-action Pokemon film. Warner Brothers and Sony were also in the running in that bidding war.
Detective Pikachu was a game that released on the 3DS in Japan earlier this year. It currently has no planned release for the US. When the trailer was released for the game, many could see potential in a possible TV show or movie. Even going as far as fan casting the likes of Danny DeVito to voice Detective Pikachu. As for the character itself, Pikachu was portrayed as Sherlock, with a human companion named Tim. They both would go around fighting crime as detectives.
With the announcement of the live action Detective Pikachu film in the works, Legendary has not given a release date or any casting announcements. Production is to start in 2017, so your best bet is to see a possible 2018-2019 release, sometime in the summer release window. Warner Brothers will continue to release animated films, so don’t worry.
All of this comes on the heels of the huge success of mobile game Pokemon Go. Nintendo shares are 25% and as of this week, are worth more than Sony. With the renewed interest in the franchise, it is no surprise a live-action film is in the works.
Legendary will hold a panel this week at San Diego Comic-Con, so we might hear more information about Detective Pikachu then.
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