We reported that Sony Pictures is working on a Sonic movie back in 2014, but things have gone a bit quiet since then. However, thanks to a recent interview with Sega Sammy Holdings President and CEO Hajime Satomi, we now know that the film will be arriving on silver screens in 2018:
Sega Sammy Group is currently planning with Sony Pictures to create a live-action and animation hybrid "Sonic the Hedgehog" movie scheduled for release in 2018. Like with this CG animation production, we would like to expand our business into other entertainment areas beyond what we are currently involved.
Like Nintendo, Sega is clearly looking at ways of using its existing IP to make money in other arenas. Sega has aggressively pushed mobile development in recent years and - despite ignoring a large portion of its amazing back catalogue - is well aware just how popular the Sonic character is.
A movie is a logical way of giving the Blue Blur more exposure, but historically these ventures have an inconsistent history - as Super Mario Bros. the Movie proves. What do you think the Sonic film will end up like? Let us know by posting a comment below.