It looks like the folks over at Nintendo, The Pokémon Company, and Legendary are pretty happy with what Pokémon: Detective Pikachu has accomplished. According to a new report from ComicBook.com, they are in the early stages of developing a sequel to the hit Ryan Reynolds and Justice Smith-starring movie, which introduced the world of Pokémon to live-action for the first time ever.
Given the way Detective Pikachu was built narratively, it’s no surprise that the studios involved want to continue building this cinematic world, but it is a bit of a surprise that they want to head for a sequel. Not to give anything away, but I personally was a bit surprised just how nicely everything was tied up at the end of the film, seemingly closing off any possibilities for direct sequels, all the while opening it up for spin-offs set in the same world.
But, based on the outlet’s sources, it sounds like they want to jump into a sequel first before diving into different types of Pokémon-centric movies, which makes a lot of sense.
What surprises me most is how quickly they’re moving with this. At $150 million, the movie wasn’t a cheap one to make, and thus far, it’s only managed $178 million worldwide, with its box office cume thus far undoubtedly being taken away by the monolith that is Avengers: Endgame. That being said, general reception does seem to be positive, so perhaps they’re just looking at the game long-term, in hopes that positive fan reaction spills over into the box office the second time around.
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