A sequel to the Pokémon movie, Detective Pikachu, is reportedly in the works despite previous comments from actors who believed it wasn’t happening. Legendary Entertainment released a brief statement recently confirming that a sequel hasn’t been cancelled and is still on the way. However, The Pokémon Company didn’t indicate which creative team was behind the movie.
A representative for Legendary Entertainment told Polygon that the Detective Pikachu sequel was still “in active development”. The sequel was actually announced back in 2019, even before the first movie’s release. Oren Uziel, who wrote 22 Jump Street and a draft for Sonic the Hedgehog, outlined the screenplay for the movie but representatives stated that he was no longer involved in the project.
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Additionally, Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez, the screenwriters for the first Detective Pikachu, also stated that they’re not involved in the sequel. Despite the sequel’s announcement in 2019, lead actor Justin Smith stated in 2021 that he didn’t think Detective Pikachu 2 was happening, though hoped that it would.
Legendary Entertainment is reassuring fans that the sequel is still happening but it sounds like a lot of the creative talents behind the first movie are being excluded or not kept in the loop, for some reason.
In a similar situation, a sequel to the 3DS game was announced back in 2019 but there has been no updates since then. It’s easy to see why fans believe both projects might’ve been scrapped at this point. Actor Ryan Reynolds, who voiced Pikachu in the movie, has also been quiet regarding any potential updates.
If the Detective Pikachu sequel is still in the works, we’ll likely hear more about it in the coming months. Understandably, the global pandemic might’ve also impacted the studio’s plans for spearheading an immediate sequel as was the case for several movies filmed or released at the peak of the pandemic.