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‘Portlandia’ co-creator Jonathan Krisel might direct ‘Detective Pikachu’ sequel

Jonathan Krisel, Detective Pikachu
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    Jonathan Krisel, co-creator of the popular sketch comedy TV series “Portlandia,” is reportedly in talks to direct the live-action sequel of “Detective Pikachu” for mass media company Legendary Entertainment.

    According to Deadline, “Detective Pikachu,” which stars Ryan Reynolds, Ken Watanabe, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton and Bill Nighy, grossed over $430 million globally after it hit theaters in May 2019.

    “Detective Pikachu” is based on the Nintendo 3DS game of the same name and tells the story of a crime-solving Pikachu (Reynolds) and a budding Pokémon trainer named Tim (Smith) who investigate a conspiracy and attempt to learn more about Tim’s missing father.

    With Krisel as a potential director and insiders claiming that Reynolds might be involved, the highly anticipated project is seemingly revived. Back in 2019, Legendary Entertainment teased a sequel, saying that “22 Jump Street” writer Oren Uziel would be in charge of the screenplay. However, in 2021, Justice Smith hinted that fans should not get their hopes up.

    Legendary Entertainment, however, recently claimed that the project has not been scrapped. Meanwhile, a sequel for the “Detective Pikachu” video game may also still be in the works.  


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