Distribution of Live-Action Pikachu Film moves to Warner Brothers.

July 26, 2018 4:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The Hollywood Reporter have revealed that Warner Brothers are taking over the distribution of Legendary Entertainment’s Pokémon movie Detective Pikachu. The Hollywood Reporter have stated that Legendary Entertainment will now move to Warner Brothers as their new distributor. This will bring an end to its four year partnership deal with Universal Pictures (December 31st).

Legendary Entertainment acquired the live action film rights for the Pokémon on July 2016. Warner Bros. have already released a number of animated Pokémon films, including 1999’s Pokémon: The First Movie, Pokémon 2000 – The movie and Pokémon 3 – The Movie (2001). Legendary Entertainment had acquired the rights for the film back in July 2016, beating Warner Bros. and Sony in auction.

The film is due to release, in the US, on May 10th 2019, directed by Rob Letterman (Shark Tale, Monsters vs. Aliens, Goosebumps), written by Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls) and Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy).

Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) has been cast as Detective Pikachu. Justice Smith (The Get Down) will star as the main character, a teen who joins up with Pikachu to find his missing father, and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies) will play a journalist, named Lucy. Ken Watanabe (Legendary’s Godzilla) will play an original character named Detective Yoshida. Bill Nighy (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Love Actually), Chris Geere (You’re the Worst), Suki Waterhouse (Assassination Nation), Rita Ora (Fifty Shades Freed), and Omar Chaparro (Stuck, Overboard 2018) are also set to star in the film.

The film is based on Detective Pikachu from the Nintendo 3DS game, which was debuted in 2016.

Source: Hollywood Reporter.


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