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Goosebumps Director to Helm Detective Pikachu Movie

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Goosebumps Director to Helm Detective Pikachu Movie

Rob Letterman, Legendary Pictures chooses you!

Deadline reports the studio has hired the director of “Goosebumps,” “Shark Tale” and “Monsters vs. Aliens” to helm its “Detective Pikachu” live-action film.

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The feature will likely draw from Nintendo’s 2016 video game “Famous Detective Pikachu: The Birth of a New Partnership,” in which a talking, deerstalker-wearing version of the popular pocket monster works with a human partner to solve mysteries. Unfortunately, the game is only available in Japan, although online petitions for an English-language version have cropped up.

Following the success this summer of the “Pokemon Go” mobile game, Legendary Pictures entered a bidding war to secure the live-action film rights to the 20-year-old franchise. Plans for a “Detective Pikachu” movie were announced soon afterward, in late July.

With the addition of “Detective Pikachu,” Letterman has quite a few films on his slate. He has also been announced to direct the upcoming “Goosebumps” sequel as well as the “Dungeons & Dragons” adaptation. He recently helmed “Captain Underpants,” set for release on June 2, 2017.

Universal Pictures will oversee distribution of “Detective Pikachu” outside Japan, while Toho will handle the release within the country. Written by Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch, “Detective Pikachu” is set to start production in 2017. No release date has been set.

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