CGI Pokemon Spotted in First Leaked Set Photos for ‘Detective Pikachu’ Movie!

Filming for 2019’s Detective Pikachu movie commenced in central London last week, and naturally the first set photos are beginning to leak online, revealing the first hints of CGI Pokemon, Pokemon stand-ins, and Ryme City — the main setting of the original game.

Twitter user Howard Bud has posted location photos for the Ryme City Police Department and its adjacent Police Plaza. The police department displays missing posters for Machoke, Pancham, and Graveler, giving us our first look at how Pokemon will be rendered in live action. These posters are props that likely won’t be featured in close-ups, so the Pokemon models may not be fully representative of how Pokemon will look in the final film. A Victini silhouette can also be seen in the department’s logo. Like the original game, the movie will include Pokemon from multiple generations.

More set photos of the crew and extras were also leaked online. The blue-suited people and cardboard cutouts are stand-ins for CGI Pokemon, which just goes to show each shot will be bursting with Pokemon characters. Do you spot Treecko and Loudred?

The original Detective Pikachu game was released for the 3DS in Japan on February 3rd, 2016. It’ll come to the US and UK on March 23rd. In the  game, a human character named Tim and a gruff, talking, coffee-drinking Pikachu go around town to solve mysteries while trying to discover what happened to Tim’s missing father. The movie will presumably follow a similar plot.

 

Legendary will release the Detective Pikachu movie in theaters on May 10th, 2019. It stars Justice Smith and Kathryn Newton as the main human characters, Ken Watanabe as a detective, and Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Detective Pikachu. Rob Letterman of Goosebumps fame will be directing the film from a script by Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls) and Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy).

 

Film is a cautious and risk-adverse industry, and in my opinion, Legendary and The Pokemon Company decided to go with a “spinoff” movie rather than a movie about the main Pokemon universe for a couple of strategic reasons. First, doing a movie about a spinoff game avoids pigeonholing and “defining” the Pokemon world for The Pokemon Company’s first foray into live action. This way they’ll have the lessons of this film under their belt to better depict future Pokemon movies. If the movie isn’t well-received, it also won’t hurt the public’s perception of their main series games, which is of course their breadwinner and the basis for their entire franchise and all its spinoffs. Furthermore, I’m sure TPC didn’t want to sell the film rights of their main series to Legendary — selling just the rights to a small Detective Pikachu game and its Detective Pikachu character is less financial risk for them and allows them to gauge financial interest for future movies. It positions them to have control over the direction of their franchise and gives them options.

Hopefully in the future I’ll get to write and direct a main series Pokemon movie. :D I still remember pleading with TPCi employees over a decade ago to let me do a live action main series Pokemon movie when I’m older and experienced. They made it sound like a live action movie would never happen because of the legal rights: “You’ll have to talk to our lawyers at Gamefreak, Creatures, AND Nintendo.” Well now it seems the three companies agreed to let it happen, which means my childhood dream is still possible in the future! :D


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  1. SmiteKnight Destroying half the universe one snap at a time
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    Well, this movie should be... interesting... to say the least
     
  2. Shfinx I Solemnly Swear To Never Play a Meta Deck
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    This is going to be one of three things: Surprisingly good, Meme-ably bad, or just straight up nobody-talks-about-it-because-they-want-to-forget-it bad.
     
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  3. Tails The Blonde Brainiac
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    I'm hesitant to be excited for this movie. Now, if Pokemon had tried live-action, CGI movies before; I'd be more excited.

    The plot is...okay? I mean, it has the potential to be a really good mystery movie.

    But, if this movie flops (which I kind of hope it doesn't); it probably spells doom to another live-action Pokemon movie. And I really want to see a more action-packed, live-action Pokemon movie. I think that would be really good (and I would really want to see that in theaters).
     
  4. BraviaryBoi Anonymus
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    Lmao a script written by dipper and Pikachu deadpool. Gonna be awesome
     
  5. Duke Erebus Aspiring Trainer
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    As a fan of both Gravity Falls and Pokemon, I cannot wait to see how this is going to turn out!
     
  6. FossilJockeyMG Pokémon Paleontologist
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    The more I hear about this, the more optimistic I am. The set looks pretty good. Maybe this will be like the recent Jumanji sequel. Early on, the premise sounded like it was a tired cash grab... but it was actually pretty darn good. Nothing amazing, but WAY better than expected.

    Actually, the script is being written by Soos.
     
  7. Tapu Lele Responsibile for an Economic Recession
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    Little blue men are invading London!!!!
     
  8. TheGabiType Grass type pokemon trainer
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    this looks amazing!! something about those real life signs just talking about people and pokemon...
     
  9. jessalakasam Floette is love Floette is life
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    Apparently ALEX HIRSCH will be making this movie. Considering how incredible Gravity Falls was, I'm very hyped for this movie
     
  10. crystal_pidgeot Bird Trainer *Vaporeon on PokeGym*
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    So, this is happening... Hope I get a Pidgey then!
     
  11. Rindon Aspiring Trainer
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    Very excited for this live action movie. As with some I am hoping it is not a flop so as to continue with more live action movies.
     
  12. Tails The Blonde Brainiac
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    Hopefully Ryan Reynolds acts more like he did in Deadpool than he did in Green Lantern. If he acts like he did in Deadpool, I think the movie can be really successful.

    If he acts like the wet blanket he was in the Green Lantern movie; oh boy. It could get really bad.
     
  13. aschefield101 is behind you !
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    I wonder whereabouts it'll be on a scale of Mario film bad, to Batman vs Superman bad.

    Both terrible in their own right and should never be seen, by anyone, ever :p
     
  14. Gruffling Aspiring Trainer
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    I'm more optimistic for this film. No weird re-imaginings of Pokemon design (seriously someone shoot the people who made Star Trek Discovery) and it's incorporating all the generations too and not trying to appeal to genwunners. Ryan Reynolds is well, Ryan Reynolds so we're good there and Ken Watanabe can have a "let them fight" moment in this film too.

    You've obviously never seen Batman v Superman if you think it's bad. Better than every Marvel film combined.
     
  15. paulyd84 cooltrainerpaul
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    This will be a sleeper hit for sure and not long to wait relatively speaking!! Ryan will keep it fun for sure, I just hope it's stuffed with fan nods - hoping for at least a snippet of team rocket and a couple of good battles - justice Smith having go toe to toe with a Machamp or something fun!
     
  16. GrandPanacea Thread Necromancer
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    Ken Watanabe, Ryan Reynolds, Nicole Perlman, and Alex Hirsch on the writing team.

    I'm unexpectedly optimistic. Two actors I love, and two very good writers. Definitely gonna see this in theatres.
     
  17. aschefield101 is behind you !
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    I hope you're joking about BvsS, it was pure trash.
     
  18. Gruffling Aspiring Trainer
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    I never joke about my beloved DC.
     
  19. fleshrum April in Kalos...
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    Nicole Perlman? what the actual ?
     
  20. fleshrum April in Kalos...
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    if you aren't trolling... and I don't know how you could not be trolling... I would really, really like apologetics for what is undoubtedly the worst film I have ever seen. Not relative to any other film or work of fiction, either. Explain clearly, in a few sentences, what you liked about it.