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Date: 8/26/2018 (Updated: 11/12/2018)
Author: Chris Mirjahangir & Joshua Sudomerski

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Warner Bros. has released the official title treatment for their 2019 live-action movie, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu. Click the image below for the full resolution version.

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu - News Roundup

The movie's social media links and official site have also been updated, and can be found at the following web addresses:

Facebook: /DetectivePikachuMovie
Twitter: @DetPikachuMovie
Instagram: @DetectivePikachuMovie

Regarding why the movie went with Detective Pikachu as the lead character as opposed to the protagonist of the ongoing Pokemon anime, Ash Ketchum, IGN was able to sit down with the movie's director, Rob Letterman, to learn just that: "The Pokemon Company, they’ve already made many, many movies of Ash, and they came to Legendary with this idea of using a new character. So when I came onboard, I was pitched this character of Detective Pikachu [...] And because there’s already been so much work done with Ash, for the first live-action movie I thought it was a really good idea to try something new with a new character, but bake it into the universe of Pokemon."

Letterman goes on to say how the movie is being developed closely in conjunction with The Pokemon Company, Game Freak, The Pokemon Company president Tsunekazu Ishihara, long-time Pokemon illustrator Ken Sugimori, and others. He also goes on to say that, while he has an affinity for Pokemon from "Generation I" (the first 151 Pokemon), audiences can expect to see a "good spread" of Pokemon from old and new generations to appear in the film.

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu will star Justice Smith as Tim Goodman, a character searching for his missing father while being aided by the titular star; Kathryn Newton as Lucy Stevens, a reporter working alongside her partner Pokemon, Psyduck; and Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Detective Pikachu, whom Letterman praised: "There was something delightful about that big personality and voice that he has in this small package. There’s something really fun about that idea. It sounds like a mismatch, but it’s really organic. It’s really hilarious, they’re hilarious together." The movie is expected to hit theaters on May 10, 2019.

Update (10/03/2018): Courtesy of Warner Brothers, another variation of the Pokémon: Detective Pikachu title is now available with a white background. Click the image below for the full resolution version.

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu - News Roundup

Update (11/12/2018): The first trailer for Pokémon: Detective Pikachu has dropped. As per tradition, Toho Kingdom has been given access to a higher quality version of the trailer, the highest quality that can be found online. It runs for 2 minutes 28 seconds, and features Pokemon both new and old in a completely new style.

To coincide with the trailer's release, an updated poster has been revealed. Two versions of the poster are available below. Click the images for their full resolution versions.

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Finally, the movie's official press release can be found below.

The world of Pokémon comes to life!

The first-ever live-action Pokémon adventure, “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” stars Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu, the iconic face of the global Pokémon phenomenon—one of the world’s most popular, multi-generation entertainment properties and the most successful media franchise of all time.

Fans everywhere can now experience Pikachu on the big screen as never before, as Detective Pikachu, a Pokémon like no other. The film also showcases a wide array of beloved Pokémon characters, each with its own unique abilities and personality.

The story begins when ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City—a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world—they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.

“POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” also stars Justice Smith (“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”) as Tim; Kathryn Newton (“Lady Bird,” TV’s “Big Little Lies”) as Lucy, a junior reporter following her first big story; and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (“Godzilla,” “The Last Samurai”) as Lt. Yoshida.

Directed by Rob Letterman (“Goosebumps,” “Monsters Vs. Aliens”), the “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” creative filmmaking team includes two-time Oscar nominated director of photography John Mathieson (“The Phantom of the Opera,” “Gladiator”), production designer Nigel Phelps (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”) and Oscar-winning editor Mark Sanger (“Gravity”). Visual effects are by Moving Picture Company (“Wonder Woman”) and Framestore (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”).

Launched in 1996 to overwhelming response, the Pokémon brand is a global sensation that now encompasses a robust video gaming fandom with over 300 million units sold worldwide; trading card games available in 11 languages with more than 23.6 billion cards purchased; an anime television series in its 20th season that is available in 98 countries; and animated films that have grossed more than $700 million at the box office; as well as books, manga comics, music, toys, merchandise, and apps, including the wildly popular Pokémon GO, that has been downloaded over 650 million times and is enjoyed across the globe by fans of all ages.

“POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” is set for release on Friday, May 10, 2019.

The film will be distributed outside of Japan and China by Warner Bros. Pictures, in Japan by Toho Company, Ltd. and by Legendary East in China.

Facebook: | @detectivepikachumovie
Instagram: | @detectivepikachumovie
Twitter: | @detpikachumovie
Official Hashtag: #DetectivePikachu