Detective Pikachu is on the case as filming begins in London
Principal photography is now underway for Legendary Entertainment's cinematic adaptation of Detective Pikachu, a narrative-driven spin-off of the Pokémon series of video games. Under the direction of Rob Letterman (Goosebumps), the project will film on location in London.
Mary Parent and Cale Boyter will produce the film on behalf of Legendary Entertainment while Joe Caracciolo Jr. and Tsunekazu Ishihara will act as Executive Producers. Universal Pictures and Toho will handle international and Japanese distribution respectively.
The film’s script has been penned by Letterman and Nicole Pearlman, who will be working with DoP John Mathieson, Production Designer Nigel Phelps and Editor Mark Sanger. Post-production work will be provided by Moving Picture Company and Framestore.
Ryan Reynolds will voice the titular character, starring alongside Ken Watanabe, Justice Smith and Kathryn Newton.
Detective Pikachu marks the first live-action Pokémon movie to have been made since the franchise began in 1996. At present, the Pokémon franchise spans 76 video games, 20 seasons of an anime series and a trading card game that is shipped to 74 countries.
Due to its international appeal and large crew base, London is one of the most popular filming destinations in the world. Feature films that spend at least 10% of their budget within the UK can receive a 25% tax rebate to offset their expenditure.
London recently played host to Paul McGuigan’s romantic drama, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, as well as Paul King’s comedy sequel, Paddington 2.
Detective Pikachu is scheduled for a May 10th 2019 release in North America.
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