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Goosebumps' Rob Letterman to direct Detective Pikachu

11.30.2016

Detective Pikachu Rob Letterman

After the world went absolutely bonkers for Pokémon Go, the mobile game which let players create an avatar which moved as you traveled through the real world searching for Pokémon, the race was on to scoop up the rights to make a live-action film and cash in on the craze. Legendary Pictures eventually came out on top and fast-tracked a live-action feature film for a 2017 production start. In order to make that date Legendary needed to put a director in place as soon as possible and it seems that the studio has made their choice.

Rob Letterman (GOOSEBUMPS) has been selected to direct DETECTIVE PIKACHU. The first film in the planned franchise will revolve around Detective Pikachu, a new character and story in the Pokémon universe which was first introduced in "Great Detective Pikachu." The game, which was released earlier this year in Japan, centers on a talking Pikachu who claims to be a great detective. After encountering a boy who is able to understand what he's saying, the pair begin working together in order to solve various Pokémon related mysteries in the city. It sounds like my True Detective/Pokémon fan-fiction will soon become a reality. All hail the Yellow Detective. DETECTIVE PIKACHU will be scripted by Nicole Perlman (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) and Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls).

So Poké-fans, what are your thoughts on the upcoming feature? Should DETECTIVE PIKACHU prove to be a success, what other Pokémon stories would you like to see brought to life in live-action?

Source: THR

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7:30AM on 12/01/2016
Plot twist: Pikachu is the actual Yellow King.
Plot twist: Pikachu is the actual Yellow King.
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9:32PM on 11/30/2016

I don't get it.

If they were so eager to make a live action Pokemon movie, why did they start with this... thing? I know I'm way out of the demographic they're probably aiming for, but how is this more appealing to the casual fans? I really hope I'm proven wrong, but this all sounds like a terrible idea.
If they were so eager to make a live action Pokemon movie, why did they start with this... thing? I know I'm way out of the demographic they're probably aiming for, but how is this more appealing to the casual fans? I really hope I'm proven wrong, but this all sounds like a terrible idea.
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1:43AM on 12/01/2016
I'm pretty sure they weren't that excited about making a live action Pokemon movie. Nintendo, who've been notoriously hesitant about making film adaptations since the Super Mario Bros. movie, own the trademark. From what I understand, they basically said "we don't really want to hand over creative control of this entire universe to some other studio, and we sure as hell don't know how to make a movie, but fans really want to see it, so impress us with a movie just about Pikachu and we can talk
I'm pretty sure they weren't that excited about making a live action Pokemon movie. Nintendo, who've been notoriously hesitant about making film adaptations since the Super Mario Bros. movie, own the trademark. From what I understand, they basically said "we don't really want to hand over creative control of this entire universe to some other studio, and we sure as hell don't know how to make a movie, but fans really want to see it, so impress us with a movie just about Pikachu and we can talk more". That's at least my understanding.

I think that's part of the reason a lot of video game movies get stuck in development hell; game studios and film studios have a hard time working together.
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