Pokemon in live action
Legendary Entertainment gives Pokémon: Detective Pikachu 2 a surprisingly good update. Detective Pikachu is the first live-action Pokémon movie. It stars Justice Smith as an aspiring trainer who teams up with Detective Pikachu (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) to find out what happened to his missing father. Before the movie came out in 2019, Legendary was already planning a sequel. 22 Jump Street’s Oren Uziel wrote the script. Since then, though, there haven’t been any significant changes.
Now, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu 2 has gotten a surprisingly good update. A Legendary Entertainment representative told Polygon that the project is still in “active development.” Representatives for Uziel said he is no longer involved, but he did write a screenplay. But Legendary didn’t say who is working on Pokémon: Detective Pikachu 2.
This update for Detective Pikachu 2 looks good, but it’s still being determined.
This Pokémon: Detective Pikachu 2 update is good news, but it doesn’t mean the sequel will be made. Projects often get stuck in the middle of development. Smith, who played Pikachu in Detective Pikachu, has said he would love to be a part of the project, but the last time he talked about the sequel in public, in 2021, he was not optimistic about its chances. Maybe Smith’s view has changed because of this new information.
Uziel, who has experience adapting video games like Sonic the Hedgehog, wrote an outline and a first draft for Detective Pikachu 2, but he is no longer working on it, so it needs to be clarified who is. Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit, who wrote Pokémon: Detective Pikachu, say they are not involved, even though they would like to be. Others worked on the first movie, like Derek Connolly from Jurassic World and Nicole Perlman from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They could be brought back for the second movie.
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu was a hit with both critics and audiences. Ryan Reynolds’ performance and the movie’s visual effects were praised, and the $150 million budget made $433 million at the box office. So, it seems like a no-brainer for Warner Bros. and Legendary to give the Rob Letterman-directed movie a bigger and more action-packed sequel. However, Detective Pikachu 2 seems to have hit some roadblocks in development, which may be related to Legendary’s new distribution deal with Sony, which ends its long-standing partnership with WB. Even though the recent update for Pokémon: Detective Pikachu 2 is encouraging, it’s still unclear what the future holds for this live-action part of the Pokémon franchise.