Earlier this year we learned that Legendary Entertainment had secured the rights to make a movie based off the 3DS game Great Detective Pikachu. The Pokémon spin-off game features a talking, crime-solving Pikachu, and the film adaptation is set to enter into production next year.
A few months ago we heard that Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch and Guardians of the Galaxy script writer Nicole Perlman were in talks to write the movie, and according to a new report, they've got the jobs. Additionally, a director has also been chosen for the Detective Pikachu movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rob Letterman has been chosen to direct the film. Letterman has previously directed movies like Shark Take, Monsters vs. Aliens, and the 2015 Goosebumps movie.
Legendary is reportedly fast-tracking the project to capitalize on the hype of Pokémon GO (hype that has been further fueled by the launch of Pokémon Sun and Moon), and they're hoping the film will spawn a franchise. Universal will be handling distribution outside of Japan, while Toho will handle distribution of the film franchise in Japan.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter