UPDATED: The blue blur is finally zipping his way to the big screen in 2018.
Details recently emerged about Sony Pictures working together with Marza Animation Planet to bring Sonic The Hedgehog to the big screen, a spastic little speedster known for his fast-paced platform outings through video game developer SEGA. Hannah Minghella, Columbia Picture’s president of production, said that the project will be made via live-action/CGI animation filming, and that she will oversee the project for Sony alongside studio executive Andrea Gianetti, both of whom worked on projects including A Knight’s Tale, Angels and Demons, and the upcoming adaptation of Goosebumps.
“Sonic has had dozens of adventures on the console and the small screen, and we’re thrilled that he’s now coming to the big screen,” Masanoa Maeda, Marza Animation Planet CEO said. “Sony Pictures has had great success with hybrid animated and live-action features, and we’re confident that this collaboration will bring a fresh take to Sonic, while still capturing everything that the fans love about him.”
Let me start by saying I’m a huge fan of Sonic The Hedgehog. Since my first experiences of watching him in the 1993 cartoon series “The Adventures of Sonic The Hedgehog” to him racing through his nostalgic years in the Xbox 360 video game Sonic Generations, I’ve always loved and cherished the video game icon that I’ve found to be one of the most entertaining characters of our time. I’ve been with Sonic through the good and through the bad (and believe me, there is a lot of bad), but I’ve always waited for the news of hearing his live-action outing taking place, and I couldn’t be happier.
Then I look at the people attached to this project, and I instantly become nervous. Neal Horitz, whose most successful work out of his filmography is 21 Jump Street, is set to produce the film. His worst films includes The Green Hornet, The Bounty Hunter and R.I.P.D. It’s also important to point out that he’s helped produce the Fast and Furious series since it’s first entry in 2001.
There isn’t a director attached yet, but they have two writers working on the script, a pair known as Evan Susser and Van Robichaux, who are most recognized as writing for the little-known talk show “What’s Going On? With Mike Mitchell.”
No word on who will be voicing Sonic or who will portray his longtime nemesis, Dr. Eggman. However, at this point I’m convinced that the project will only be successful if they bring on a director experienced with balancing action with comedy, such as Phil Lord and Chris Miller, or even Shawn Levy. I don’t want lightweights like Rob Cohen or Peter Berg to take this project, and I definitely want Stephen Sommers as far away from this as possible.
What do you guys think? Are you excited that Sonic is finally making his big-screen appearance, or would you prefer them be more prepared in pre-production before moving forward?
Either way, comment below, let me know.
SOURCE: Cinemablend, The Wrap