Coming off the heels of Sonic The Hedgehog‘s mixed bag of a 2017 with their widely praised Sonic Mania, and their widely criticized Sonic Forces, SEGA have officially announced their partnership with Paramount Pictures to create a feature film Sonic the Hedgehog film. Production will be handled that a SEGA owned production house, MARZA Animation Planet; and the project also has Tim Miller, director of the movie ‘Deadpool‘, attached as an executive producer. Haruki Satomi, SEGA Holdings Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), had this to say:
“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.”
SEGA have been working hard on the Sonic The Hedgehog IP, releasing several mobile games such as Sonic Dash, the animated Sonic Boom TV show, as well as a larger than life twitter persona. Of course, not much has yet been decided on the film itself, just that it will be a mix of CG animation and live-action. Will this turn out visually good, something like LEGO Batman? Or will this be yet another victim of the Sonic Cycle? Only time can tell as we wait till 15th November 2019.