In a time where Mario has his own movie, Tomb Raider is coming out, and there is a film based on Rampage, it seems fitting that another video game character will get their own film. In this case it will be Sonic, as SEGA of America and Paramount Pictures announced a partnership to co-produce a Sonic the Hedgehog movie, due out in the United States on November 15, 2019. The film will be a live-action and CG-based adaptation.
This will be the first time, unless this hour-long film Sonic has anything to say, that Sonic spins onto the silver screen in feature-length form, and SEGA has spared no expense in grabbing key figures of Hollywood for the endeavor. The list includes producer Neal H. Moritz, from the Fast & Furious series, director Jeff Fowler, director of Where the Wild Things Are, and executive producer Tim Miller, the director of Deadpool and owner of Blur Studio, his own animation company. Marza Animation Planet, a CGI animation studio based in Japan and owned by SEGA, will also help produce the film.
Paramount Pictures CEO Jim Gianopulos had commented on the venture, saying that, “We are incredibly excited to work with SEGA to bring this iconic property and character to audiences around the world, [and] we look forward to our partnership on this great venture.”
Could we now see a movie war between the big N and SEGA? As was the case in the early 1990’s, Nintendo and SEGA went toe-to-toe to release consoles for the public, with SEGA even going so far as to produce ads stating, “Genesis does what Nintendon’t.” Either way, Sonic finally has his own movie announced, and with the Mario movie on the horizon, hopefully video game movies start to see an uptick in quality.
Caleb has been a gamer and Nintendo fan since picking up Pokémon Red for his Game Boy back in 1998, at the wee age of 4. He’s an avid Pokémon TCG collector, and is currently enjoying Breath of the Wild on Switch, along with PUBG on Xbox. He’s a fan of the outdoors when not writing, while also being an avid runner and world traveler. Give him a shout if you’re a fan of Arsenal FC.
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