‘Detective Pikachu’ Film Finds Director

Rob Letterman will be directing “Detective Pikachu,” the new live-action film from Legendary Entertainment and the Pokémon Company.

The two companies reached a deal for the film back in July at the height of the Pokémon Go craze, the phone app that allowed everyone to “catch em’ all” with a swipe of their phone. Several studios chased the rights for the film, but in the end, Legendary was the one to catch the rights for Pokémon’s first live-action film.

Scripted by Nicole Perlman (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) and Alex Hirsch (“Gravity Falls”), the film will follow Detective Pikachu, a character introduced to the Pokémon universe in a Pokémon spin-off game called “Great Detective Pikachu: Birth of a New Duo.” No other plot details are known.

In the game, a young boy named Tim Goodman meets an intelligent, talking Pikachu who claims to be a great detective, and the two set off to solve Pokémon-related mysteries in the city.

Letterman’s credits include the recent live-action “Goosebumps” film, “Monsters Vs. Aliens” and “Shark Tale,” which he also wrote.

The film does not have a release date yet.