We've seen some interesting Pokémon spin-offs across the years, and Detective Pikachu is certainly up there. Released on 3DS in 2016, it saw a loose live-action film adaptation back three years later, becoming Nintendo's first live-action film since... well, nevermind.
Seeing a fairly positive reception and grossing over $433 million, Legendary Pictures announced a sequel was in development months before the first film launched, tapped Oren Uziel as a screenwriter. We've not heard anything since then, and Justice Smith doesn't believe its still happening.
Hoping For Detective Pikachu 2? Justice Smith Doesn't Think This Pokemon Film Sequel Will Happen
Having played Tim Goodman - a former Pokémon trainer that teams up with Pikachu to find his missing father - he recently sat down with Inverse, telling them: "I would love to participate in Detective Pikachu 2" before adding “I don’t know if it’s going to happen."
Elaborating further, Smith confirmed “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." Evidently, progress seems to have stalled on a sequel, but that doesn't necessarily rule out a future film.
Back in 2019, The Pokémon Company president Tsunekazu Ishihara confirmed a new Detective Pikachu game was in development for Switch, continuing the original's story. So, whatever happens with the film, we've not seen the last of this spin-off just yet.