Sonic the Hedgehog Live-Action and CG Feature Film Coming 'Super Fast' To Theaters

SEGA and Paramount have announced the agreement to co-produce a movie about our favorite hedgehog, Sonic.

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SEGA and Paramount Pictures have finalized an agreement to co-produce a full-length Sonic the Hedgehog feature film. The Sonic movie is set for theatrical release in the United States on November 15, 2019 with an international rollout to come shortly after. Clearly back in an arms race with Nintendo, the blue hedgehog is trying to race his way to the big screen before the mustachioed plumber beats him to the punch.

This move is a big step for SEGA's plans to showcase their Sonic IP in front of new audiences. Recently, Sonic has appeared as a cartoon character on television, consumer products, console and mobile games, and even in some pretty great memes. 

“I am very honored that our companies, SEGA and MARZA, have this incredible opportunity to partner with Paramount Pictures for this production, which will bring Sonic to the big screen for the first time. Since he was first introduced to the world 26 years ago, Sonic has continued to grow in popularity as part of our core strategy to focus on video games. In addition to video games, this provides SEGA with a fantastic opportunity to share Sonic with everyone and we can't wait to reveal more to eager audiences in the future,” said SEGA Holdings Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Haruki Satomi.

“We are incredibly excited to work with SEGA to bring this iconic property and character to audiences around the world,” said Jim Gianopulos, Chairman and CEO, Paramount Pictures. “We look forward to our partnership on this great venture.”

The film is planned for a worldwide release and will feature both live-action and computer generated (CG) elements. Film veterans Neal H. Moritz (Fast and Furious), Jeff Fowler (Gopher Broke) and Tim Miller (Deadpool) have all signed on as producer, director, and executive producer respectively. 

“I'm thrilled to be partnered with SEGA and to have such an incredible and supportive home for Sonic with Jim and Paramount,” said Moritz.

Sonic has had quite a bit of a resurgence of late with the tremendous response to last year's Sonic Mania. Only time will tell if Sonic can beat Mario to the box office and be able to do what Nintendon't.

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