Jonathan Krisel, co-creator of Portlandia, is in talks with Legendary Entertainment to helm the live-action sequel to 2016’s Pokémon: Detective Pikachu. Next year’s sequel to Legendary’s biggest-selling film will be written by Chris Galletta.
Rob Letterman directed the original film, which featured Ryan Reynolds, Ken Watanabe, Justice Smith, and Kathryn Newton. To date, it has earned over $430 million in box offices throughout the globe since its release by Warner Bros. on May 10, 2019.
In light of the fact that many fans assumed the sequel had been scrapped after the failure of the first film, this announcement comes as welcome good news. Legendary, the company behind Pokémon: Detective Pikachu, severed ties with Warner Bros. in 2020, two years after the release of the first film, in favour of a collaboration with Sony. It’s hard to say what will happen with the next Pokemon film since Warner Bros. owns the rights to the franchise.
At this point, neither the production start date nor the cast have been officially announced, while it has been reported that original actor Ryan Reynolds is still being considered for a role in the sequel.
In February, Legendary Pictures gave fans their first major update on Pokémon: Detective Pikachu 2 in years, saying the picture was still “in active development” despite the fact that original film writer Oren Uziel had left the project.
In light of the economic hardship the firm is experiencing since its merger with AT&T, an exclusive arrangement between Legendary and Warner Bros. seems possible. If the sequel is successful, it might be the catalyst for the company’s comeback.
Regardless of the circumstances, the new Pokémon film has fans eager for its release. We will keep our readers updated on the status of the sequel as soon as we get more information.