Last week we learned that Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) would be taking the in the upcoming film, Detective Pikachu. Now we know that the Universal Pictures and Legendary Entertainment project will be hitting theaters on May 10th, 2019. The film is based on the popular Pokémon franchise and will be the first live-action film set in that universe. Besides Reynolds, the film will star Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and Kathryn Netwon (Big Little Liars). Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) is directing.
The date is an interesting choice in that it will be opening up on Mother’s Day, one week after the yet to be titled Avengers film, the follow up to Avengers: Infinity War. Disney/Marvel Studios films tend to have legs, especially Avengers films, making it a tough weekend to open.
Toho will be distributing in Japan while Universal will be handling all other locals in the same way the Legendary reboot of Godzilla was distributed. Pokémon has sold over 300 million video games globally and 23.6 billion TCG cards. The animated series based on the franchise has spanned 20 seasons.