The ‘Sonic the Hedgehog The Movie’ announcement
Following the recent news of moustachioed plumber, Mario, hitting the big screen sometime in the near future we’ve now had word that Sonic will be following in its steps. Or leading the way, I’m not sure which is coming out first.
That’s right, after 26 years Sonic is finally getting a debut feature-length film co-produced by Paramount Pictures and SEGA of America. Sonic has ventured away from video games in the past with a number of animated TV series so a film doesn’t seem completely farfetched. That being said, films based on video games are usually a bit on the meh side but let’s hope that Sonic flies in the face of this normality and comes out on top!
“I am very honored that our companies, SEGA and MARZA, have this incredible opportunity to partner with Paramount Pictures for this production, which will bring Sonic to the big screen for the first time. Since he was first introduced to the world 26 years ago, Sonic has continued to grow in popularity as part of our core strategy to focus on video games. In addition to video games, this provides SEGA with a fantastic opportunity to share Sonic with everyone and we can’t wait to reveal more to eager audiences in the future,” said SEGA Holdings Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Haruki Satomi.
The film itself will feature both live-action and CG elements and is in the warm grasp of movie veterans such as:
- Producer Neal H. Moritz from Original Film Inc. (“Fast and Furious” series)
- Director Jeff Fowler (Blur Studio, Academy Award® nominee for 2005 Best Animated Short Film “Gopher Broke.”)
- Executive producer Tim Miller (director of the Marvel/Fox feature “Deadpool” and owner of animation and CG production company Blur Studio)
If anything it will be interesting to see how this pans out and, dare I say, how it compares to the Mario film that is also in the works. Once again rivalry between SEGA and Nintendo mascots will be rife! The Sonic film will be released in the US on November 15, 2019, with a worldwide rollout following. With a release date this close I’m sure we’ll be seeing some sort of teaser/trailer within the coming months.