Detective Pikachu Movie Sequel Already in the Works to Introduce New Nightmares

Pokemon: Detective Pikachu has not released in theaters yet, but Legendary Pictures has already hired Oren Uziel to write a sequel.

By Chris Compendio

January 25, 2019

The internet was set ablaze when Pokemon fans got their first look at the live-action Detective Pikachu movie through a trailer. Legendary Pictures has yet to release the movie in theaters yet, but the studio seems to be preparing for a sequel, attaching a screenwriter to the potential project.

Oren Uziel has screenwriting credits for 22 Jump Street and The Cloverfield Paradox, with Men in Black International and yes, the live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie releasing later this year. It appears that Uziel has become the de-facto writer for unsettling live-action video game adaptations featuring CGI creatures. Additionally, Uziel was tapped by Warner Bros. and DC Films to write a Supergirl film.

It appears to be a show of confidence in the financial success of a project that no one seems to know how to feel about. Parts of that trailer seem to act as nice fanservice, with a wide variety of Pokemon coming to life on the big screen. At the same time, some of the “hyper-realistic” designs of the CGI models are weird and creepy as hell to look at. Get that Mr. Mime away from me.

This report from THR implies that this is the earliest possible stage in production for this potential project, with no director or cast members attached. But Legendary Pictures may have the intention of turning Detective Pikachu into the start of a wider Pokemon cinematic universe—some reports believe that more live-action films, one being a direct adaptation of Pokemon Red Version and Blue Version are in the works (this rumor via We Got It Covered), although be wary as none of this has been confirmed.

There hasn’t been a full second trailer for Pokemon: Detective Pikachu as of yet, but a new thirty-second ad debuted some new footage. The film, starring Justice Smith and Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Pikachu, will release in theaters on May 10.

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Chris Compendio

Chris is a writer currently based in the Philadelphia area. They are currently writing for film website Flixist, podcasting for Marvel News Desk, and were an editorial intern for Paste Magazine's gaming section. They graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a creative writing major.

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