Right after Legendary Pictures bagged the rights to the Pokemon franchise last July, the media company has recently announced that it has tapped Rob Letterman to helm the live-action Pokemon film weirdly titled Detective Pikachu.
Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch are the writers who will mastermind the story of the hit Japanese anime series and turn it into what will probably be a CG-laden blockbuster.
Pokemon became a household name for the kids when it was first introduced in the late 90s. Since then, the media franchise has produced 279 million video games worldwide, has shipped 21.5 billion cards to 74 countries, and has spanned 19 seasons for an animated series.
And right after the release of the popular Pokemon Go app, which became an instant worldwide hit, it skyrocketed the pocket monsters back into pop culture.
The Pokemon Company’s long-time film partner, Toho, will handle the distribution of the film franchise in Japan, while Universal Pictures will oversee the circulation to the rest of the world.
Rob Letterman, who’s given us popular films in the past, such as Shark Tale, Monsters vs Aliens, Gulliver’s Travels, and Goosebumps, will also be directing a Dungeons & Dragons reboot for Warner Bros.
While I am beyond excited to see how these well-loved characters are going to look like in a live-action version, the strange movie title has certainly put a damper on that anticipation a little bit. Unless they are going for a different approach with the film, which I think is the case here, I just don’t see why they have to stick with such title.
Are you guys excited for a live-action Pokemon film? Are you sold with its title? Sound off your thoughts and comments below. And don’t forget to stay tuned for more updates about this movie.