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Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Confirmed, Being Produced by Neal Moritz

Posted by Jowi Meli

It's actually happening, people

Back in late March we reported on a rumored "dark and edgy" Sonic the Hedgehog film and outlined some of the preliminary details. Today, Hollywood Reporter has confirmed the production of the film, albeit with little to no information about the actual content involved.

As it turns out, Sony Pictures-based producer Neal Moritz will be producing the film; Moritz is known for his work on the Fast & Furious franchise, but has also been producer of 22 Jump Street (currently in theatres) and an upcoming flick based on R.L. Stine's Goosebumps. Also on board are Marza Animation Planet — a division of the Sega Sammy Group responsible for the CG cutscenes in many of the console Sonic titles — as well as writers Evan Susser and Van Robichaux, two alums of the Chicago-based sketch comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade.

Marza CEO Masanao Maeda had this to say about the upcoming project:

"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. 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."

Of course, only time will tell how Sonic fares after his Hollywood makeover, but it's heartening to know that a company already familiar with Sonic's video game outings will be assisting with the animation. Are you excited for this new chapter in the Blue Blur's history? Will you be buying a ticket to see Sonic on the silver screen? Let us know in the comments!

[via hollywoodreporter.com]

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User Comments (44)

MetaRyan

#2

MetaRyan said:

"hybrid animated and live-action features"
Not good. NOT GOOD. I can't see a Sonic movie work in any format besides traditional or CG animated.

TobiasAmaranth

#8

TobiasAmaranth said:

World of Warcraft
Ratchet and Clank
Sly Cooper
Sonic the Hedgehog

... Hmm. We sure are entering an interesting era.

MamaLuigi

#9

MamaLuigi said:

The new TMNT movie being produced by Michael Bay is enough evidence we're entering dark times in the CG/Live Action hybrid field of moviemaking, and now this...

Emblem

#13

Emblem said:

The multiplat game Sonic team are working on now is no doubt the movie tie in.

Zach

#15

Zach said:

Hate to be that guy but Upright Citizens Brigade is neither Chicago based nor a sketch comedy troupe... :P

MagicEmperor

#16

MagicEmperor said:

Sonic hasn't been... as awesome (read: good) as he once was for a long time, in my opinion. So a movie really shouldn't matter to me. That said, I can't help but question this movie's approach.

MAN1AC

#19

MAN1AC said:

Its so sad how this franchise has fallen. I wish a good dev team could get a hold of this IP and give it a good installment. Most ppl will skip this just because a lot of the games have been trash recently.

2Sang

#23

2Sang said:

Wut is this world I'm living in? First captain toad gets his own game, now this?

unrandomsam

#25

unrandomsam said:

@MAN1AC Both Generations and Lost World were fine. (At least Sega never totally watered everything down).

Boom looks garbage though (At least the Wii U one).

MadAdam81

#30

MadAdam81 said:

@MamaLuigi Have you seen the first three TMNT movies? CGI is better than puppets now, so live action in a TMNT movie is nothing new. Of course, it's Michael Bay, and no matter how he makes a movie it's generally bland and bombs massively in humour.

audiobrainiac

#32

audiobrainiac said:

While i'm excited about ANYTHING Sonic, I bet everyone here is going to hate on this, i can see it. I've been pretty happy about what's been done with Sonic lately, having been a fan for all of the character's existence. But you can't please anyone these days, because everyone's a critic/connoisseur of films and games even though they're only on the receiving end. A lot of so-called "fans" seem to be snobby, old fashioned and impatient, never giving anything a fair chance. Can nothing we love evolve FFS? I look forward to it :)

Mr_Video

#33

Mr_Video said:

Well...I'll refrain from condemning it right away but I'm also not going to have very high expectations. The track-record for good video-game based movies isn't in their favor. But hey, it could be good, probably won't top Sonic OVA, because that movie was amazing.(Being genuinely serious here.)
So long as Sega keeps up the good track record of games they've had going since Colors. No clue why everyone keeps saying all the recent Sonic games are bad.

PlywoodStick

#34

PlywoodStick said:

It will probably be like Avatar: The Last Airbender live action, like an M Night Shayamalan movie, where instead of bald guys doing crazy dance moves in synchronization to make a head sized rock slowly fly towards their opponent, Sonic is some short, skinny guy with a spray painted mohawk and a fuzzy costume, and he runs on a treadmill really fast while cgi streaks appear behind him. It will be similar because the movie will take it seriously, while the audience facepalms themselves so hard that the hand imprint is permanently left on our skulls.

Dr Eggman will be like a fat Dr. Evil, except less comically diabolical, and more tropey. Amy will have no costume at all, and be the awkward love interest that never pans out because Sonic is the independent bachelor. Tails will be as poorly costumed as Luigi in the Super Mario Bros movie. Knuckles will be a random muscle guy wear brass knuckles, and use wires to glide crouching tiger hidden dragon style.

Instead of being based on Sonic SatAM, it will be a campy movie like the recent Dr. Seuss movies that tries to be attitude and cool, but fail by tryharding.

AshFoxX

#35

AshFoxX said:

I always thought that the cutscenes in Sonic's latest games (Sonic 06' on) were more fun than the games themselves tended to be.

VIIIAxel

#38

VIIIAxel said:

I think the Goosebumps movie bit ended up making me forget about the horrible idea of a Sonic movie...

Clara

#40

Clara said:

Erm ok, I remain highly sceptical that this CGI/Live action is going to be that dark and edgy. I don''t have high hopes for it, if it's good I will be pleasantly surprised,

I am however looking forward to the sonic boom cartoon and games whilst it isn't cannon it does look like they have done the characters justice (for the most part, knux still looks weird to me) I think they got sonic's "tude" just right looking at the trailors

DiscoDriver43

#41

DiscoDriver43 said:

Well it could be worse than Fast and Furious lite...uh i mean Need for Spped Untitled

this Sonic Movie still sounds awful

hydeks

#43

hydeks said:

This has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid playing Sonic games on my Sega Genesis, but what Sonic has become lately makes me very worried how their going to do this movie.

The comment that worries me most in that article is Sony pictures has great success with hybrid animated and live action movies, it immediately makes me think of Sonic the Hedgehog 2006 in movie form....and thats a VERY BAD thing.

Henmii

#44

Henmii said:

Sony pictures? CGI and live-action? This will be just another Chipmunks/Smurfs movie! Rubbish!

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