Screen Rant – Legendary Pictures’ Detective Pikachu, a live-action film based on the wildly popular Pokemon video game series, is set to go before cameras in London starting in January 2018. Goosebumps director Rob Letterman has been tabbed to head up the project, working from a script by Nicole Perlman (Captain Marvel) and Alex Hirsch (Galaxy Falls).
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.
Listen I could end the blog right there and it would be a 10/10 blog but that gif (pronounced like Jif peanut butter you fucking nerds) sums up everything I’m thinking perfectly. HOWEVA I’m a slave to our loyal readers and know they want me to go more in depth on why this is lewd, lascivious, salacious, outrageous! First of all, who the hell wants a live action Pokemon movie? Pretty sure the cartoon and games are so wacky it’ll look absurd in live action no matter what you do but for the sake of this blog let’s pretend that people really want a live action Pokemon movie.
WHO BUYS THE RIGHTS TO LIVE ACTION POKEMON AND MAKES THIS? I was that perfect age when pokemon came out that I loved the show and the gameboy games like nothing else. Pokemon Red & Blue are in my top 10 HOF of all games because of how much time I spent playing them growing up. Why wouldn’t you make a movie based on that story? Yes I know the cartoon (and I guess the animated movie coming out) has covered that pretty extensively but those aren’t live action. The story is already basically written for you and you just gotta adapt it and you get 90% of my generation going to the theater for nostalgia. Slam fucking dunk.
But say they wanted to do something different to separate it from the old games/tv show what could they do? Oh I don’t know. How about the fucking comics/manga that the show is based on? I’ve never read them but judging from reddit they seemed to be loved by people who like mangas and from my research writing this blog (read 2 different wikipedia pages like a real big J journalist) it’s actually a very different story than the show and games. Still set in Kanto but the main guy isn’t Ash and he doesn’t have the same team or anything. That sounds like the perfect way to make a live action movie – similar enough to rope in my generation but different enough that it doesn’t feel like they made a shot-for-shot remake of the show. Slam fucking dunk 2.
Instead they chose this as the source material?
I’m pretty sure even Nintendo just cranked that out thinking it was a hopeless gimmick and they just had to reach some stupid pokemon game quota that year. WHY make a movie where the series’ flagship character acts nothing like the version of him that most people are used to? I feel like this has to be some sort of fugazi to bankrupt Legendary Pictures or someone high up lost a bet or something.
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UPDATE: Someone just sent me this and if Devito voices Pikachu then ignore everything above because I’m all in on it then