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Remember Detective Pikachu (the movie)? The Justice Smith and Ryan Reynolds vehicle that adapted Pokémon to live-action and made hundreds of millions of dollars? There was supposed to be a sequel to that. But we’ve heard nary a peep on it, and Polygon is attempting to get to the bottom of why. 

While we got a couple scoops as to a sequel of the original game still trucking along last year, all we have for the movie sequel is confirmation from a Legendary Entertainment representative that it’s “still in active development.” The writers for the first film, Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez, aren’t currently involved (though they’d love to be), and the original writer for the sequel Oren Uziel (22 Jump Street) says that while he wrote an outline and screenplay, he’s not on the project anymore, and it’s unclear who’s taken over. Back in 2021, star Justice Smith sounded pessimistic about a sequel happening. So what’s going on?


Tim (Justice Smith), a talking Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds), and a hard-nosed intern journalist (Kathryn Newton) team up to find Tim’s missing father in Pokémon Detective Pikachu.


Presumably, there’s corporate red tape keeping the movie locked up in some state of early production. It’s unclear if or when we’ll hear more about the film, but we’ll stay up to date with any news that filters through the cracks. 


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Written by Amelia Fruzzetti

A writer and Nintendo fan based in Seattle, Washington. When not working for NinWire, she can be found eating pasta, writing stories, and wondering about when Mother 3 is finally going to get an official localization.