Deadline reported that ‘Detective Pikachu‘ 2 is in the initial stages of development at Legendary. The film is directed by Jonathan Krisel from a screenplay by Chris Galletta. The live-action/animated film is based on the Pokémon franchise.
The original film was released in 2019. Directed by Rob Letterman and written by Dan Hernandez, Benji Samit, and Derek Connolly, it stars Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Detective Pikachu. The film has grossed $433 million at the worldwide box office. The film features a variety of beloved Pokémon, including Charizard, Psyduck, and many more. It received generally positive reviews from critics and was a box-office success.
Krisel began his career as a writer and producer on the sketch comedy show “Portlandia” in 2011, which he also directed. In addition to “Portlandia,” Krisel has also directed episodes of several other popular television shows, including “Baskets,” “Man Seeking Woman,” “Kroll Show,” and “Saturday Night Live.” He also co-created and executive-produced the comedy series “Baskets” with Zach Galifianakis and Louis C.K.
The Pokémon franchise was created by Satoshi Tajiri in 1996. It began as a series of video games for Nintendo’s Game Boy console and has since expanded to include a trading card game, an animated television series, movies, merchandise, and more. The franchise has over 800 different species of Pokémon, with each new release introducing new characters and gameplay mechanics.
The film is produced by Legendary Pictures and The Pokémon Company. Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.