Status: Post-Production As of July 26, 2018
Post-Production: Filming completed; editing of shot film; music composition and recordings, as well as sound and visual effects being added.
The world of Pokémon comes to life!
U.S. Release DatePOKÉMON Detective Pikachu release date is set for Friday, May 10, 2019. This will be a Nationwide in theaters release.
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The first-ever live-action Pokémon adventure, POKÉMON Detective Pikachu stars Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu, the iconic face of the global Pokémon phenomenon—one of the world’s most popular, multi-generation entertainment properties and the most successful media franchise of all time.
Fans everywhere can now experience Pikachu on the big screen as never before, as Detective Pikachu, a Pokémon like no other. The film also showcases a wide array of beloved Pokémon characters, each with its own unique abilities and personality.
The story begins when ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City—a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world—they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.
Trivia & Production Notes
- The Japanese-based Pokemon Co., which manages rights to the franchise spun from the hit Nintendo game, has been courting Hollywood for a movie. Multiple studios have been in the running - including Warner Bros, Sony and Legendary Pictures (Hollywood Reporter, 4/15/16).
- This will be a live action film.
- Universal Pictures will handle distribution of the live-action film outside of Japan. Toho will handle distribution in Japan.
- There have been 19 films released based on Pokemon.
- Based on the upcoming game “Detective Pikachu" (Variety, 8/16/16).
- The first pic in a planned franchise (Hollywood Reporter, 11/30/16).
- Pikachu will be a motion-capture creation for the movie (Hollywood Reporter, 11/29/17).
- Kathryn Newton will play Lucy, a sassy journalist who goes on an adventure with the boy (Hollywood Reporter, 11/29/17).
- The film will be distributed outside of Japan and China by Warner Bros. Pictures, in Japan by Toho Company, Ltd. and by Legendary East in China (11/13/18).
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