Pokémon: Detective Pikachu

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu
Pokémon Detective Pikachu teaser poster.jpg
Teaser poster[1]
Directed byRob Letterman
Produced by
Written by
Based onDetective Pikachu
by Creatures, Inc.
Music byHenry Jackman[2]
CinematographyJohn Mathieson
Edited byMark Sanger
Distributed by
Release date
  • May 10, 2019 (2019-05-10)
  • United States
  • Japan

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (also known as Detective Pikachu) is an upcoming action-adventure family film directed by Rob Letterman and written by Nicole Perlman and Letterman, based on the 2016 video game of the same name. The film is an American and Japanese joint venture produced by Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures, and The Pokémon Company. It is the first live-action film based on the Pokémon franchise. The film stars Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Detective Pikachu, with Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton and Ken Watanabe in live-action roles.

It is scheduled to be released in RealD 3D on May 10, 2019,[4] making it the first Pokémon film to receive a wide theatrical release in the United States, and the first to be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures since Pokémon 3: The Movie in 2001.


In the Pokémon universe, Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) is a failed Pokémon Trainer and the son of prominent detective Harry Goodman. When his father disappears in a car crash, Tim arrives in Ryme City and ends up meeting Detective Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds), who was Harry's former Pokémon partner. Tim is somehow able to understand the Detective, and they reluctantly team up to find Harry and uncover the mystery surrounding his disappearance.


  • Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Detective Pikachu, an unusual and exceptionally smart Pikachu who can talk.
    • Ikue Ōtani as Detective Pikachu's normal Pikachu voice, as heard by humans other than Tim.
  • Justice Smith as Tim Goodman, a young man looking for his missing father. He is also Detective Pikachu's partner, and the only person capable of hearing him speak.
    • Max Fincham as a 12-year-old version of Tim
  • Kathryn Newton as Lucy Stevens, a reporter accompanied by a Psyduck.
  • Ken Watanabe as Lt. Yoshida, a Ryme City police lieutenant and friend of Harry Goodman's.
  • Paul Kitson as Harry Goodman, the missing father of Tim Goodman, a famous Ryme City detective.
  • Karan Soni as Jack
  • Omar Chaparro as Sebastian
  • Rita Ora
  • Bill Nighy
  • Suki Waterhouse
  • Chris Geere



In April 2016, it was reported that Legendary Pictures were in negotiations for live-action film rights to Pokémon.[5] Later in July 2016, Legendary was nearing to close a deal for the film.[6] On July 20, 2016, it was announced that Legendary and The Pokémon Company had signed on a deal together to create the first live-action film in the franchise, which would be based on the video game Detective Pikachu.[7] Initially, Universal Pictures would handle the distribution outside Japan, while Toho would handle the Japanese distribution.[8] On August 16, 2016, Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch were in negotiations with Legendary to write the screenplay.[9] On November 30, 2016, Legendary hired Rob Letterman to direct the film, which the studio had fast-tracked for production to start in 2017.[10] In January 2018, it was announced that Mary Parent and Cale Boyter are producing the film, along with Joe Caracciolo and The Pokémon Company's Tsunekazu Ishihara as executive producers,[11] and with Pokémon creator Satoshi Tajiri as an executive producer.[12]

On July 25, 2018, Warner Bros. Pictures announced they would take over worldwide distribution duties (except in Japan and China) from Universal, with the release date unchanged.[13] The reason for adapting Detective Pikachu came from The Pokémon Company and Letterman's desire to make a movie that focused on another character besides Ash Ketchum. On the premise, Letterman stated, "The Pokémon Company, they've already made many, many movies of Ash, and they came to Legendary with this idea of using a new character. So when I came onboard, I was pitched this character of Detective Pikachu, and I fell in love with the story behind it."[14]


In November 2017, Justice Smith was cast in the lead human role, with Kathryn Newton cast to costar after an intense session of reading and testing actresses who would appear opposite Smith. Newton beat out Natalia Dyer, Haley Lu Richardson, and Katherine Langford for the role.[15][16] In December 2017, Ryan Reynolds was cast in the titular role to be portrayed via motion-capture.[17] Other actors considered for the role were Danny DeVito, Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg and Hugh Jackman.[18][19] In January 2018, with production commencing, Ken Watanabe, Bill Nighy and Chris Geere joined the cast.[20][21] In February 2018, Suki Waterhouse and Rita Ora joined the cast.[22][23] In April 2018, Omar Chaparro joined the cast.[24]


Principal production began on January 15, 2018, in London, England and Denver, Colorado.[25] Nine days later, Legendary announced that principal photography had officially begun with much of the filming taking place in the U.S. state of Colorado and England.[26] The press release revealed that Alex Hirsch was not involved with the final draft of the script and that Nicole Perlman and Rob Letterman were the only ones credited.[27] Much of the on set interaction and vocal reference for Pikachu was filled in for by professional voice artist Jon Bailey. However, all of his dialogue will be dubbed over by Ryan Reynolds.[28] Principal photography concluded on May 1, 2018.[29] Some filming was done at Shepperton Studios and Warner Brother Studios in Leavesden.


On October 24, 2018, composer Henry Jackman was confirmed to score Pokémon: Detective Pikachu.[30]


Visual effects were created by the Moving Picture Company (MPC) and Framestore.[31] Much of the visual effects were provided by the same team behind The Jungle Book and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Letterman compared the visual effects to the character of Rocket Raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy. "They're technically, some of the most high-end visual effects in the world... It's completely photorealistic, like they are alive and in the movie." Additional audio recording of a supposed fight between Detective Pikachu and Charizard was recorded at the Pokémon World Championships.[14]


In early November 2018, with the film in post-production phase, a screen test was held for an incomplete version of the film, which drew considerably positive reactions from the test audience, with praise directed towards the script and performances.[32][33]

The film's official trailer was revealed on November 12, 2018.[34] Warner Bros. revealed versions of the trailer in English along with dubbed versions in Spanish, French, Italian and German.[35] It soon became the top trending video on YouTube,[36] and a top trending topic on Twitter,[37] while inspiring numerous internet memes and reaction videos.[38] Within 24 hours, the high-concept trailer amassed more than 100 million views across multiple online platforms,[38] including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.[39] On YouTube, the English-language trailer garnered over 1 million likes within two days,[40] and 1.22 million likes within five days.[41]


The film will be distributed outside of Japan and China by Warner Bros. Pictures on May 10, 2019, in Japan by Toho and by Legendary East in China.[42]


  1. ^ "'Detective Pikachu' Releases New Theatrical Poster". WWG. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  2. ^ "Henry Jackman will score Pokémon: Detective Pikachu". Twitter. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  3. ^ Warner Bros. Pictures (2018-11-12), POKÉMON Detective Pikachu - Official Trailer #1, retrieved 2018-11-13
  4. ^ Kit, Borys (December 11, 2017). "Ryan Reynolds' 'Detective Pikachu' Gets 2019 Release Date". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  5. ^ Masters, Kim (April 14, 2016). "Pokemon Movie Rights Bidding War as China's Legendary Makes Big Play for Japanese Property". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  6. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (12 July 2016). "Is Legendary Going To Catch Pokemon? Movie Deal In Offing For Hot Franchise Property". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation.
  7. ^ "Legendary and Pokemon Co. to Create Live-Action Detective Pikachu". Legendary Pictures. July 20, 2016.
  8. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (20 July 2016). "Legendary Catches 'Pokemon' Live-Action Movie Rights Deal". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  9. ^ Kroll, Justin (August 16, 2016). "'Guardians of the Galaxy' and 'Gravity Falls' Writers to Pen 'Pokemon' Movie (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  10. ^ Ford, Rebecca (November 30, 2016). "Pokemon Movie 'Detective Pikachu' Lands Director". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  12. ^ Pokémon Detective Pikachu, retrieved 2018-11-19
  13. ^ McNary, Dave (July 25, 2018). "Ryan Reynolds' 'Detective Pikachu' Moves From Universal to Warner Bros". Variety. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  14. ^ a b Yehl, Joshua (August 25, 2018). "Why Pokemon's First Live-action Movie Features Detective Pikachu Instead of Ash Ketchum". IGN. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
  15. ^ Hipes, Patrick (November 17, 2017). "Legendary's 'Detective Pikachu' Sets Justice Smith To Star". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  16. ^ Kit, Borys (November 29, 2017). "Pokemon Movie Finds Its Female Lead With 'Big Little Lies' Actress". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  17. ^ Kit, Borys; Ford, Rebecca (December 6, 2017). "Ryan Reynolds to Star in Pokemon Movie 'Detective Pikachu' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  18. ^ Erao, Matthew (October 17, 2017). "Detective Pikachu Movie Actor Wishlist Includes The Rock". ScreenRant. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  19. ^ Yehl, Joshua (August 25, 2018). "Why Pokemon's First Live-Action Movie Features Detective Pikachu Instead of Ash Ketchum". IGN. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  20. ^ Kit, Borys (January 19, 2018). "Ken Watanabe Joins Ryan Reynolds in Pokemon Movie 'Detective Pikachu' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  21. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (January 30, 2018). "Legendary's 'Detective Pikachu' Film Adds Bill Nighy & Chris Geere". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  22. ^ Kit, Borys (February 1, 2018). "Suki Waterhouse Joins Ryan Reynolds in Pokemon Movie 'Detective Pikachu' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  23. ^ Kit, Borys (February 13, 2018). "Rita Ora Joins Ryan Reynolds in Pokemon Movie 'Detective Pikachu' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  24. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (17 April 2018). "Legendary/Universal's 'Detective Pikachu' Adds Omar Chaparro; Jeremy Sumpter, Tom Berenger Cast In 'Sargasso'".
  25. ^ Williams, Caleb (October 13, 2017). "Live-Action 'Pokemon' Movie 'Detective Pikachu' Starts Filming This January in the UK". Omega Underground. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  26. ^ Trumbore, Dave (January 24, 2018). "'Detective Pikachu' Begins Production on the WTF Movie of 2019, Starring Ryan Reynolds". Collider. Complex. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  27. ^ Erao, Matthew (January 24, 2018). "Detective Pikachu Live-Action Movie Officially Begins Filming". Screen Rant.
  28. ^ "RIP STAN LEE, Toy Story 4 & Detective Pikachu". YouTube. Epic Voice Guy. November 12, 2018. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  29. ^ Hill, Archie (May 1, 2018). "Archie Hill on Instagram". Instagram.
  31. ^ "POKÉMON Detective Pikachu - Official Movie Site – Only In Theaters Summer 2019".
  32. ^ "Detective Pikachu Early Reactions Are Very Positive". Screen Rant. November 8, 2018.
  33. ^ "Early Detective Pikachu Movie Screening Receives Very Positive Reaction, Features "Great Surprises"". Nintendo Life. November 8, 2018.
  34. ^ Kitchener, Shaun (November 12, 2018). "Detective Pikachu TRAILER: Ryan Reynolds voices iconic Pokemon in live-action movie". Daily Express.
  35. ^ "German Detective Pikachu trailer sounds hilariously different". CNET. November 14, 2018.
  36. ^ "Video: New looks at 'Pokemon Detective Pikachu,' 'Toy Story 4,' 'Mary Poppins Returns'". NewsOK. The Oklahoman. November 12, 2018.
  37. ^ "Twitter loves this Ryan Reynolds-voiced trailer for 'Detective Pikachu'". The Daily Dot. November 12, 2018.
  38. ^ a b O'Reilly, Seamas (November 17, 2018). "Detective Pikachu looks like a smash – solve that mystery". Irish Times.
  39. ^ Kitchener, Shaun (November 13, 2018). "Detective Pikachu: Which Pokemon are in the movie? CONFIRMED appearances after trailer". Daily Express.
  40. ^ "Pokemon Detective Pikachu Movie Exceeds 30 Million Views In 2 Days". NintendoSoup. November 15, 2018.
  41. ^ "Pokemon Detective Pikachu Trailer Exceeds 40 Million Views In 5 Days". NintendoSoup. November 17, 2018.
  42. ^ Mendelson, Scott. "Surprisingly Great 'Pokémon: Detective Pikachu' Trailer Teases Fantastic Beasts On A Monster Hunt". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-11-13.

External links[edit]