Adaptation films have become all the trend nowadays, with practically everything proving to be filmable. Novels, comic books, video games, name them all. More than ever, fans of different fictional worlds are assured that their favorite characters will one day grace the big screen. 2019 is especially big on the video game adaptations, with Detective Pikachu from the Pokemon world being one of the most anticipated ones.
Pokemon: Detective Pikachu is a science fiction action comedy mystery film that’s set to be released on May 10 2019. The film is an adaptation of the video and card game whereby players role play as trainers who collect cute powerful monsters called Pokemon to compete in battle tournaments. Among the Pokemon is a species named Pikachu. Detective Pikachu is drawn from this group, thanks to his abilities at finding things.
The Detective Pikachu movie is directed by Rob Letterman and stars Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Pikachu. The production is a collaboration between Warner Bros Pictures, The Pokemon Company and Legendary Pictures.
Four months before the release of Detective Pikachu, Legendary Pictures revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that a sequel for the same was underway. Films normally get a sequel started on way after the first film has been released, but Legendary seem pretty confident about their project. There’s a clear buzz around all the Pokemon fans awaiting Detective Pikachu, but it’s not until the film is released that its real impact can be gauged. One would have expected the production company to wait and see how this one fairs, but that’s clearly not going to happen here. For diehard fans, it’s an assurance that their favorite detective is not going anywhere any time soon.
Not much has been revealed about the sequel other than that fact that seasoned writer Oren Uziel will be penning down the screenplay. Uziel has worked on other popular films such as 22 Jump Street, and also on the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie which is also an adaptation of a video game.
The plot of Detective Pikachu is based around the story of a young man, Tim Goodman who partners with Detective Pikachu to find his missing father. Goodman is a Pokémon trainer, while his missing father is a former police partner to Detective Pikachu. Justice Smith plays the role of this young man, taking the role of the major human character in the movie. It’s assumed that Ryan Reynolds will also star as the voice of Pikachu in the sequel.
A joint American and Japanese venture, Detective Pikachu will be distributed in the United States of America and worldwide by Warner Bros Pictures and by Toho in Japan.
Still months before the official release of the first movie, it’s going to be some time before the public is privy to more details about the sequel. Details will probably start coming in after the May release, after audiences get to know the story that needs to be continued in the sequel. If Legendary Entertainment’s excitement about the whole thing is anything to go by, it can be deduced that fans are in for a treat.