Here’s hoping it fares much better than 1993’s SUPER MARIO BROS., but Sonic the Hedgehog has been confirmed to be heading to the big screen. Sony Pictures Entertainment/Columbia and Marza Animation Planet announced the production earlier today.
The rapid, blue hedgehog is said to be getting a movie that’s part live-action, part CGI. In terms of the look, early reports suggests that it may look similar to THE SMURFS. Here’s hoping the film gives us something far better than those movies, at least. In terms of talent, the film will be written by Evan Susser and Van Robichaux, with Neal Mortiz serving as the driving force behind the movie with his Original Film company. Marza’s Takeshi Ito and Mie Onishi will serve as executive producers.
As for the plot of this movie, it’s said that Sonic will go up against his long-term big-bad, Dr. Eggman (Dr. Robotnik for long-time fans of the hedgehog). The current plan is for Sonic’s tone, spirit and kid-friendly appeal to be implemented in the film. In fairness, the character does have a pretty hefty audience already, having been around for over 20 years. Sonic-based titles are a billion dollar franchise, with over 140 million games sold.
On the news, Columbia Pictures’ Hannah Minghella said, “There are limitless stories to tell with a character like Sonic the Hedgehog, and a built-in international fanbase. Along with our wonderful creative partners at Marza, we’re looking to capture everything that generations of fans know and love about Sonic while also growing his audience wider than ever before.”
Marza Animation’s Masanao Maeda added, “Sonic has had dozen of adventures on the console and the small screen, and we’re thrilled that he’s now coming to the big screen. 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.”
Expect more on this movie as it develops.
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