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Live-action movie Detective Pikachu to be taken on by Goosebumps director Rob Letterman

Legendary Entertainment has partnered with the Pokemon franchise for a new live-action movie called Detective Pikachu.  Legendary initially inked a movie deal with the franchise after the ‘Pokemon Go’ mobile game blew up around the world.

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Originally released as a Nintendo 3Ds game, the live-action movie will follow the new Pikachu character and storyline set in the Pokemon universe.

Rob Letterman known for his work on Goosebumps and Monsters vs Aliens is set to direct the movie with Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls) writing the script.

Legendary Entertainment will partner with Universal Pictures to release the movie outside Japan, longstanding Pokemon movie collaborator Toho will be handling distribution within Japan. This is the second time Legendary, Universal and Toho have used this distribution method with the first being the Godzilla reboot.

Pokemon was first introduced in Japan in 1996 and has been one of the biggest and most successful video game and anime franchises of all time. Pokemon has sold more than 279 million video games worldwide and had a successful TV anime spanning 20 seasons.

Stay tuned via the Nagame Digital social media pages for Detective Pikachu updates.

Source: Legendary Entertainment.