How does one go about telling the story of a blue hedgehog that likes to run really fast on the big screen? "21 Jump Street" and "Prison Break" producer Neal H. Moritz and "Deadpool" director Tim Miller will look to answer this question. Paramount Pictures has picked up the film rights to Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog, with a Sony Pictures take on the franchise apparently having fallen through.
According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, Moritz will produce the project, bringing along an extensive resume of production credits that includes the "Fast and the Furious" franchise and 2007's "I Am Legend." Moritz's Original Film label was also linked to another gaming adaptation set to hit theaters soon: Sleeping Dogs, which is set to hit theaters in 2018.
Miller is set to act as Executive Producer. "Deadpool" acted as his directorial debut, but he soon parted ways with Fox on a sequel following a dispute with star Ryan Reynolds. Miller is also tied to an upcoming Terminator film with series creator James Cameron.
But what could the duo have planned for Sonic? How much of his story about foiling the machinations of Dr. Eggman to save a world of cuddly animals could possibly be adapted for theaters? The only answers out there at the moment is that the Sonic movie will blend live action acting and CGI animation. This means Sonic could be interacting with actual humans, in a combination that has certainly never turned out creepy.
The Sonic the Hedgehog movie is aiming for a 2019 release, according to IMDB.