Live-Action Detective Pikachu Movie is Actually Happening

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We’ve learned (via Variety) that Nintendo is working on the first live-action Pokemon movie, with Legendary Entertainment.

While details are scant, we know the movie will be based on the “Detective Pikachu” spinoff where … you guessed it, Pikachu is literally a detective solving mysteries.

The movie is reportedly on the fast-track to start production sometime next year. Universal Pictures will be handling distribution of the movie outside of Japan.

Only time will tell if Danny DeVito will be involved.

Brandon Orselli


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  • ρяøxч

    Voiced by Danny DeVito or bust.

  • Heavily Augmented
  • Offendatron_5000

    I want the live action detective Pikachu to be played by a human. Like an actual human being that believes they are trans-species. Chris-chan deserves his SAG card.

  • TrojanHorse711

    You know, when I heard about the live-action movie Legendary was trying to make, I immediately feared the worst, considering previous live-action video game adaptations. But this is actually not that bad. If they can pull it off, then yeah, sign me up.

  • Darkrulershadowlord007

    At lest it wont be an adaptation of Ash’s never ending Pokémon adventures.

  • InkBrush

    Aren’t we all against Nintendo doing meme shit?

  • Darkrulershadowlord007

    If Chris-Chan and a cameo of Sonichu appear on the movie sign me up.

  • InkBrush

    “What the fuck is Pokemon?” -Danny DeVito.

  • Jonbo298

    This is going to be too adorable.

  • Guin

    I guess it doesn’t qualify if it’s being “ironic.”

  • Guin

    Pokemon goes full normalfag.

  • TheManWithPants

    I thought it went full normalfag already when Pokemon GO happened. :v

  • They got mad money with Pokemon Go. Really can do anything with this franchise. won’t surprise me.

  • TheManWithPants

    We shall call it: It’s Always Censored in Nintendo Land.

  • Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης

    Ι don’t know how to react at this.

  • Truck

    What dimension is this

  • Zanard Bell

    I’m not sure that Pokemon will survive this second thrust in the limelight, only to be abandoned later on by the general market.

    Well, if this is how this franchise is supposed to die, then let it end on a very high note.

  • Zanard Bell

    “Oh-woops. I dropped my POCKET MONSTER CONDOM that I use for my MAGNUM DONG.”

    – Danny Devito

  • dsadsada

    I thought April fools was 3 months ago?

  • Guin

    It won’t die, not unless the entire Millennial generation gets wiped off the face of the Earth.

  • Guin

    Live Action is when the gloves come off. It’s Roger Rabbit of the new generation.

  • Bitterbear

    Hopefully it’ll be murder mystery film.

  • Eldhin Hellknight

    Well… emm… Wow…

  • larverto365

    There would still be a lot of children that would like it though, myself included.

  • TheManWithPants

    You’re right… brace for impact, we’re in for a bumpy ride. Sony’s also making a Live Action Sonic movie in 2018. This will not end well.

  • BaronKrause

    Not when its Danny DeVito voicing Detective Pikachu.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    “The gang gets a clue”
    Shall be changed to
    “The gang ge-MY PARENTS ARE DEEEEAD”

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    The hellish one you were born into.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    It went full normalfag with G6.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Oh god no….that’s gonna bomb so hard from being such a massive piece of shit, it’ll be legendary. Totally outdoes MN9, gonna be a treat.

  • Tubsiwub

    Sounds fun.

  • Kaboom

    … I think we now know where all the money from Pokemon GO went to.

  • Zombie_Barioth

    I’d be interesting if they went the hard-boiled detective route, but I have a feeling it’ll end up more like Case Closed.

    I actually hope it’ll be more along the lines of Diagnosis Murder or Monk, that kind of format would work well with Pikachu at the helm.

  • TheManWithPants

    It pretty much started running out of good ideas around that time, too.

  • TheManWithPants

    It’s gonna be a bigger train wreck than Sonic Underground, Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, and Sonic ’06 combined. That Live Action Super Mario Bros. Movie will finally have a serious competitor for worst Video Game movie ever.

  • Smug

    Gamefreak also love to include some new features in each new gen, only to be forgotten in the next one

  • Uncle Ocelot

    I’m pretty sure Pokemon was always full normalfag.

  • AI◎BA

    It already did in 1996

  • AI◎BA

    “Only french people can be fashionable”

  • Didney Worl

    “RUM HAM!”

    -Danny DeVito

  • Wonderkarp

    knowing our luck, we wont get Danny….

    …We’ll get Seth Rogen

  • No Danny DeVito, no buy

  • Jackald

    Not really. The monetization isn’t doing very well, and Nintendo only has a 1/3 stake in The Pokemon Company, which itself hired Niantic to develop the app. So it’s not like Nintendo is raking in FarmVille levels of money.

  • TheManWithPants

    So instead of building upon those ideas, they just toss them into the trash and start over, huh? That’s a shame.

  • TsukuyomiMagi99

    CSI: Pokemon Edition with David Caruso as Pikachu

    Law and Order Special Pokemon Victims Unit

  • InkBrush

    “Suicide is badass.” – Danny DeVito

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Running out or just stopped trying?

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    SMBs movie was at least still enjoyable when you think everyones names are just coincidences. With Sonic having the luck it has and ending up in Sonys hands, it won’t have one single enjoyable aspect.

  • catazxy

    yeah, but nintendo shares went up 20% since pokemon go, but now are down 10%, uh

  • TheManWithPants

    Probably both.

  • TheManWithPants

    They also said they’re pushing for a PG-13 rating, so I’m half expecting them to do to Sonic what Hollywood recently did to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Transformers.

  • Fenrir007

    When was pokemon not normalfag?

  • Guin

    Tell that to any Smogon follower. I dare ya.

  • Guin

    When they introduced EV’s and IV’s. No casual was willing to put up with that until Super Training came around.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Doesn’t all his games end in explosions?

  • TheManWithPants

    Not necessarily. Lost World and Boom were the most anti-climactic Sonic games to date.