The Sonic the Hedgehog series remains one of the most iconic video game franchises in history, spawning a series of platform games, offshoot pinball and puzzle games, animated TV shows, and one of the most infamously self-mocking Twitter accounts ever. The movie will be led by Neal H. Moritz and it will also see Deadpool's director Tim Miller as the film's executive producer, while Jeff Fowler will be making his directorial debut with the film. Dmitri Johnson and Dan Jevons are co-producers. Moritz, who recently signed a first look deal with Paramount, will be producing the project.
And few things kill any possible optimism for a Sonic film than "live-action/CGI hybrid".
If you want to grab the film rights to Sonic the Hedgehog, you've got to go fast.
On one hand, video game movies never seem to work.
The franchise, however, developed more games that offered backstories to the characters, thus creating a mythology to Sonic the Hedgehog. Sonic's chief rival, Mario, may have received a live-action movie in 1993 but Sega's red shoed "dude with a tude" is still tapping his feet waiting for his time in the Hollywood spotlight.
Sonic the Hedgehog has been running around for a while now for a movie to be made. Though the Sega mascot has been in a number of questionable games, the recent release of Sonic Mania helped the speedy hedgehog gain some momentum. The feature was originally set up at Sony Entertainment, but the latest update has the rights moving over to Paramount Pictures.
However, it is a odd concept to blend computer graphics with live action, which often tends to look uncanny in films centering around both human and animal characters (such as the early 2000's Scooby Doo series and the many Alvin and the Chipmunks movies).