As originally reported back in July, Legendary Entertainment obtained the rights for the Detective Pikachu movie and had fast-tracked its production, but details were still missing about who would write or direct the movie. Today, Deadline broke the story about the talent attached to the film, and this gives us great optimism that it can break the mold of previous mediocre videogame-to-movie adaptations.
Rob Letterman has been tabbed to direct the movie. He is best known for the successful movie adaptation of the Goosebumps franchise featuring Jack Black, as well as Shark Tale and Monsters vs Aliens.
The biggest surprise is that Legendary Entertainment has clear intent to make this not only a successful movie, but a potential big franchise of films as they have also enlisted Nicole Perlman who co-wrote the Guardians of the Galaxy movie and Alex Hirsch, writer for such cartoons as The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, Fish Hooks, and creator of the universally loved Gravity Falls.
Detective Pikachu follows the story of an intelligent Pokémon who can curiously understand and speak the same language as his human friend Tim, as both embark on the search for Tim’s father and solve mysteries along the way.