Live-Action Detective Pikachu to Start Filming in January

Posted 2017/10/16 0 0

According to online sources, filming for Legendary Entertainment’s detective-themed movie will commence on January 18, 2018.


The Detective Pikachu film was announced last year, a movie that’s set to be produced by Legendary Entertainment. While the release date of the film was and is still unknown, a start date for the filming has now been decided on. According to Omega Underground, production on the live-action Detective Pikachu film will begin January 15, 2018.

The production will reportedly be filmed in London, England, with Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) expected to direct. Very few confirmations have been made at this point, but the Detective Pikachu script will be written by Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls) and Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy). As far as the casting decisions for the movie, no further details have been revealed. The decision of who will voice Detective Pikachu is obviously one of the most-asked questions, but the movie appears to be in safe hands thanks to those in charge.

Detective Pikachu is based on a Japanese point-and-click game called Great Detective Pikachu in which a high-functioning Pikachu and his friend, a human boy named Tim Goodman, become a very unlikely mystery-solving team. Described as “bossy, talkative and lovable,” Detective Pikachu goes around in a Sherlock Holmes hat and, unlike your average Pikachu, is capable of a high level of verbal communication. Legendary Pictures snapped up the rights to make a film based on the Pokemon universe back in July of 2016, and some were surprised when they announced Detective Pikachu as their first live-action project under that deal.

Pokemon was first introduced to the world, starting in Japan in 1996. In the years since, it has captivated fans of all ages around the world and has exploded in popularity. With more than 279 million video games sold worldwide, 21.5 billion trading cards shipped to 74 countries, and an animated series spanning 19 seasons, not to mention all of the animated movies, Pokemon is one of the most successful entertainment brands in the world. So a live-action movie makes a ton of sense, it just took a long time to actually make it happen.