A Movie based on the iconic Video Game Franchise, Sonic THE HEDGEHOG, is in development from Sony Pictures Entertainment. The film was confirmed in an interview with SEGA CEO Hajime Satomi, who revealed that the film will spin dash into theaters in 2018.
A SONIC THE Hedgehog Movie
was first talked about in summer 2014, where Sony Pictures and SEGA SAMMY Group’s animation wing, Marze Animation Planet announced a partnership. During the interview at Worldfolio, Satomi revealed some details regarding the blue speedster’s cinematic debut:
“SEGA Sammy Group is currently planning with Sony Pictures to create a live-action and animation hybrid ‘SONIC THE HEDGEHOG’ movie scheduled for release in 2018. Like with this CG animation production, we would like to expand our business into other entertainment areas beyond what we are currently involved.”
For more than two decades, Sonic has been a dominating video Game Franchise
. The hedgehog has starred in multiple children cartoons since his inception, and even made a cameo appearance in Disney’s WRECK-IT-RALPH.
Still, one has to question about the validity of Sonic has a viable cinematic franchise. Created as the rival to Nintendo’s iconic plumber, Mario, Sonic is cemented in the suedo-punk, too-cool-for-school attitude of the 90s, and has never been able to shake it off. While his games have a collective gross of $1 billion, modern entries have been poorly received both critically and commercially. Having the film be a hybrid between CG-animated and live-action also feels very concerning for a series that has a bad history of animal-human relationships.
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG will be written by Evan Susser and Van Robichaux.
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