SEGA Video Game Star 'Sonic the Hedgehog' Speeding to Big Screen
by Ethan Anderton
June 10, 2014
When the video game based animated film Wreck-It Ralph hit theaters in 2012, the speedy SEGA video game hero Sonic the Hedgehog popped up for some quick exposition in Game Central Station. But now he's getting his own feature film as well. However, it's Sony Pictures making the announcement in collaboration with Marza Animation Planet, an animation company from the SEGA SAMMY Group. This adaptation will be a live-action/computer animated hybrid with Original Films producer Neal H. Moritz on board along with first-time feature writing duo Evan Susser and Van Robichaux behind the script.
The press release says, "The film will look to capture Sonic’s irreverent tone and spirit, reuniting him with some of the most revered and infamous characters of the franchise, including the evil Dr. Eggman." Sonic the Hedgehog is a little like Spider-Man in that he's a sarcastic, playful sort of hero, but he just happens to be super fast. He's also has a cast of characters who can join him like Tails, Knuckles (who was always my favorite) and more. Sonic has gotten several animated series before, but this will be the hero's first feature film. Is there really demand for such a project? The selling of 140 million games to date would seem to indicate it's a possibility, but it's a video game movie, so we'll see. Thoughts?