The Live-Action Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Is Speeding Up Once Again

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Last year, Sega announced it was working on a live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie with Sony Pictures. Not surprisingly, the project didn’t immediately work and Sony recently put it in turnaround. Now Paramount Pictures is picking up the blue speedster and running with him.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fast and Furious producer Neal H. Moritz, along with Deadpool director Tim Miller, will be among the producers on a live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie, which will be directed by Jeff Fowler, a partner of Miller’s at Blur Studios.

There’s no word on who will be writing the film, which is why there’s no word on what the film will be about. But we can guess it’ll have to do with Sonic trying to save the world from Doctor Robotnik, and will involve rings and lots of speed.

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Visually, the plan is to blend live-action and CG elements, which we can only assume means that Sonic will be a digital character in the real world. That still doesn’t make us all that excited for what this movie might turn out to be; though the Sonic universe has some cool characters, the games were never about an interesting story. Once a story is created, it’s going to be difficult to keep that interesting while also replicating the pleasures of the game. But hey, if anyone knows movies with speed, it’s Moritz—and if anyone knows how to mix different tones and genres, it’s Miller.

[Hollywood Reporter]

Entertainment Reporter for io9/Gizmodo

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DISCUSSION

What’s the point of making Sonic in live-action? Correct me if I’m wrong, but the only remotely human character in the game is the bad guy. If 90% of your main characters are going to be animated, why not just make it an animated movie?

Unless, of course, they go with the terrible movie’s usual route - get the characters out of their world and into the real world so they can have “hilarious” adventures while helping some bloke with his boring job and that cute girl he can’t muster the courage to ask out.