The Detective Pikachu Pokemon Movie to be Helmed by Goosebumps Director Rob Letterman

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The film adaptation of the Pokemon-themed game Detective Pikachu has found its director: Rob Letterman, the director of the surprisingly well-received Goosebumps film. THR reports that Legendary Pictures, the studio that acquired the rights back in July, just hired Letterman to helm the film.

The script for Detective PIkachu is being written by Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls).

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Here's the synopsis of the game:

The game follows a peculiar talking Pikachu who, despite not being as powerful and nimble as other Pikachu of his kind, is rather intelligent and claims to be a great detective. One day, Pikachu encounters a boy named Tim Goodman, who is able to understand what he is saying. Thus, the two begin working together to solve various mysteries revolving around Pokémon in the city.

Detective Pikachu will be the first Pokemon live-action film in a series centered on the character. Legendary Pictures is looking to start filming in 2017. No release date has announced yet.