Legendary Entertainment has started piecing-together the creative team behind the upcoming “Detective Pikachu” film. The studio announced this week that Rob Letterman will direct the upcoming live-action film, working from a script written by Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch. The film itself will follow Detective Pikachu, as a new character and storyline in the Pokémon universe.
Letterman’s past credits include “Goosebumps,” which he directed, “Monsters Vs. Aliens” and “Shark Tale,” both of which he wrote and directed. He is represented by WME.
Legendary’s distribution partner, Universal Pictures will release the live-action film outside Japan. The Pokémon Company’s long time movie collaborator, Toho, will handle distribution of the film franchise in Japan, as it had similarly done in its partnership with Legendary on its iconic monster reboot for Godzilla.
First introduced in Japan in 1996, Pokémon has delighted fans of all ages around the world for two decades. With more than 279 million video games sold worldwide, 21.5 billion TCG cards shipped to 74 countries, and an animated series spanning 20 seasons, Pokémon is one of the most popular and successful entertainment brands in the world.
“Monsters Vs. Aliens” was one of Letterman’s breakaway hits, that film released back in 2009. The animated-adventure brought in almost $200M domestically, before going on to make $183M in foreign markets. When it was all said in done, the film grossed over $381.5M for the studio. “Goosebumps” also did well, Sony released that project just before Halloween in 2015. The children’s horror-thriller made $80M domestically, and a little over $70M overseas.