No official word yet on if Danny DeVito will be lending his talents to the fast-tracked Detective Pikachu movie, but the motion picture can at least tick off the valuable “get a director” box in its filmmaking checklist. Traditionally films have directors, eh?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rob Letterman has been tapped to direct this potential (movie) franchise launcher. Letterman’s résumé matches up favorably with the complicated task of directing a live action Detective Pikachu motion picture. He’s fresh off of the lucrative 2015 YA horror comedy adaptation Goosebumps which married effects and the IRL element, plus there’s other youth-friendly fare like Monsters vs. Aliens to his name. On the script side of things, Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman and Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch are the ones hammering it out for this intriguing project.
With the directing and writing talent assembled, it looks like care is going into this project. Mind you, the domestic reviews for previous attempts at going big screen with Pokémon haven’t exactly set the quality bar at an unreachable height. Fans, The Pokemon Company and industry observers will be keeping an eye on this potential juggernaut as it morphs into being.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)