Before he can even solve a case, Detective Pikachu has gained a new big screen home. The crime-solving electric mouse Pokemon voiced by Ryan Reynolds has a movie adaptation on the way from Legendary Pictures that is now, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter, moving from Universal Pictures as distributer to Warner Bros. handling the distribution.
It all boils down to the fact that Legendary’s deal with Universal for film distribution comes to an end at the end of 2018 and after they parted ways in 2013 the film studio is re-entering a distribution deal with Warner Bros. in the process.
So far from the reports, this move will not affect Reynolds place in the film or anything else cast or production wise with the plan to still open on the May 10, 2019 release date previously secured by Universal. Details on just what the deal between Legendary and Warner Bros. will entail, their previous eight-year deal allowing Legendary a choice of which Warner Bros. films they helped finance like The Dark Knight and Man of Steel, are still unknown at this point.
Universal’s partnership with Legendary included working together on films like the huge box office hit Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and the currently underperforming Dwayne Johnson led Skyscraper which reportedly is set to be a film that loses both money. The upcoming BlackKkKlansman is the final film that Legendary has a stake in at Universal.
Directed by Goosebump‘s Rob Letterman with a script from Guardians of the Galaxy screenwriter Nicole Perlman & Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch, Detective Pikachu also stars Ken Watanabe, Justice Smith and Kathryn Newton.