Not like this, Sonic. Not like this.
Sega has announced that its gotta-go-fast mascot, Sonic the Hedgehog, is getting a new movie, courtesy of a partnership with Sony Pictures. The company’s CEO, Hajime Satomi, broke the news in an extensive interview with The Worldfolio:
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.
Now, Sonic is no stranger to adaptations outside of his video games. There was, of course, the classic ‘90s cartoon where the character developed a love of chili dogs (because... the ‘90s?), and the more recent CG animated series Sonic Boom, which has been surprisingly successful considering the character is more known for his terrible modern games than for the Sega Genesis classics he first appeared in. But what could possibly tarnish the poor hedgehog’s reputation any more than a movie?
And not just any movie, but a hybrid between live-action and CG, which makes it seem like we’re in for Sonic galavanting about with human friends... and the last time that happened we ended up with Sonic kissing a young girl.