Ryan Reynolds' 'Detective Pikachu' Gets 2019 Release Date

Pokemon started as a video game then transformed into a card-collecting, TV and movie franchise phenomenon.

Universal Pictures has set a date to catch 'em all.

Detective Pikachu, Legendary’s live-action Pokemon movie, is slated for release on May 10, 2019, Universal announced Monday.

Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies) are starring in the film, which is based on the globally popular Pokemon franchise. Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) is directing.

Production is set to commence in mid-January in London.

Universal will handle distribution of Detective Pikachu outside Japan. Toho will distribute in Japan, as it has done in its partnership with Legendary on the blockbuster reboot of Godzilla.