Rob Letterman has been released from his Poké Ball by Legendary Entertainment and chosen as their director for the upcoming Detective Pikachu film.
Director and writer and previous family film fare such as last year’s Goosebumps and Dreamworks animated films Shark Tale and Monsters vs. Aliens certainly makes him a right fit for something like a Pokémon related project given how much its beloved across by people of all ages. I bet your grandpa even played Pokémon Go when it came out.
Letterman comes on to the project being produced by Legendary, which was announced not too long after Pokémon Go came out. Letterman won out against previous potential directors that ranged from Robert Rodriguez, Tim Miller, and Dean Israelite. Already on board with Letterman are Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer, Nicole Perlman, who will also help pen the Captain Marvel movie, and the creator of Gravity Falls, Alex Hirsch will both write the script. Legendary is also distributing the movie with two different studios. Universal will bring it out here in the states while Toho will bring the movie over to Japan.
Now for anyone reading this and wondering why Pikachu is suddenly solving crimes instead of battling Kabutops, allow me to explain. Detective Pikachu came about from a Pokémon spin-off game in Japan, Great Detective Pikachu: Birth of a New Duo. Pikachu event went full Sherlock Holmes with the deerstalker cap and magnifying class.
After its release back in February, a petition came online to have Danny DeVito be the English voice actor for Detective Pikachu. Someone even dubbed in lines from various shows and movies of DeVito’s, most notably It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, over the game’s trailer. Nintendo never spoke on the matter of the petition, but you can rest assure that plenty of fans are hoping he’s playing Pikachu in the film.
What do you think of the news? Is Letterman a good fit? Does Detective Pikachu even sound appealing to you in any way? Let us know in the comments below!