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Has ‘Detective Pikachu 2’ Caught Its Director?

‘Portlandia’ co-creator Jonathan Krisel is reportedly in talks to helm the sequel to Legendary Entertainment’s extremely popular hybrid live-action-CG film ‘Pokémon: Detective Pikachu.’

A sequel to Legendary Entertainment’s hybrid live-action-CG movie Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is officially in the works, and Portlandia co-creator Jonathan Krisel is reportedly in talks to direct. While Oren Uziel (Sonic the Hedgehog, Mortal Kombat, The Lost City) was reportedly writing the screenplay, that may be yesterday’s news; now, Chris Galletta (The Kings of Summer) is supposedly penning the script. The sequel was originally reported even before the first film hit theaters in May 2019.

Directed by Rob Letterman, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (2019) starred Ryan Reynolds as the titular character in the first-ever live-action movie from Pokémon, one of the world’s most popular, multi-generation entertainment properties and most successful media franchises of all time. Visual effects were created by MPC (The Little Mermaid) and Framestore (Top Gun: Maverick, Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special).

Also in the works from the whimsical Japanese brand is Pokémon Concierge, a new stop-motion animated series from Dwarf Studios, which will follow the daily life of resort concierge Haru. A release date has not yet been announced. For those looking for additional Pokémon content, Indigo League, Journeys: The Series and Mewtwo Strikes Back can be streamed on Netflix now.

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