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'Detective Pikachu' Sequel in the Works With '22 Jump Street' Writer (Exclusive)
Detective Pikachu is starting a new case before his first one has wrapped.
Legendary has begun work on a sequel to its Pokemon-based movie, hiring Oren Uziel to pen the script. The move is a sign of confidence, as it comes close to three months before the company releases the Ryan Reynolds-starrer on May 10 via Warner Bros.
Pikachu comes from the video and card game, popular around the world, that sees players acting as trainers who collect cute, but powerful, monsters called Pokemon in order to compete in battle tournaments.
Pikachu is a species of Pokemon, while Detective Pikachu, the character, is a peculiar sort from the Pikachu set — a self-styled investigator who is good at finding things.
Reynolds is voicing Pikachu, while Justice Smith is the lead human in the movie, directed by Rob Letterman (Goosebumps). The plot revolves around a young man teaming up with Pikachu to find his father.
Details of Uziel’s take on the sequel were not revealed.
Uziel has shown himself to be a franchise player, having most recently worked on Paramount’s video game adaptation of Sonic the Hedgehog, which is set to be released Nov. 8, as well as the upcoming Men in Black: International. Other credits include 22 Jump Street and The Cloverfield Paradox. He is also writing a Supergirl feature for Warner Bros.
Uziel is repped by WME, Writ Large and Myman Greenspan.