Pokémon: Detective Pikachu released into theaters in May 2019, where it broke the record for highest-grossing video game movie until Sonic the Hedgehog overtook it nearly a year later. It starred Justice Smith as Tim Goodman and Ryan Reynolds as Detective Pikachu, the latter of whom pulled off a phenomenal viral marketing campaign for the film. A sequel seemed like a no-brainer, and at one point it was reported to be in development. However, in an Inverse interview from this past March that slipped under the radar, Justice Smith expressed that he doesn’t think Detective Pikachu 2 is going to happen anymore.
“I would love to participate in Detective Pikachu 2,” said Smith. “I don’t know if it’s going to happen. I think we have to just kind of bury our hopes. I don’t think it’s going to happen. I really hope so though. Honestly, I’m such a huge fan, who knows, who knows? I hope so.”
Honestly, the first movie almost put me to sleep, and I had little enthusiasm for it. Others thought it was pretty awesome though. In any case, more Pokémon movies seems like a foregone conclusion, even if there is no Detective Pikachu 2 with Justice Smith. Of course, it could always be the case that Smith is just not being kept well-informed on the subject, and/or Legendary Pictures isn’t interested in bringing him back. Regardless, it would be pretty wise to contrive a reason to keep Ryan Reynolds in the mix for future Pokémon movies anyway, because lord knows that man knows how to market his projects.