Paramount Gains Rights to Sonic the Hedgehog Movie

'Sonic the Hedgehog' Movie Races to Paramount (Exclusive)
Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Rights Race to Paramount Pictures

04 October, 2017

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. Although the movie was originally scheduled for a 2019 release, it's unclear if the studio will be able to adhere to that same timeframe, or if Sonic will have to speed his way into theaters at a later date.

Deadpool director Tim Miller and Toby Ascher are the executive producers, while Blur Studio's Jeff Fowler will direct the film. Also producing is Neal H. Moritz under the Original Film banner. That will probably extend to the blue speedster's friends Tails and Knuckles, who in the game run around various settings collecting items and fighting enemies and working to foil the world-domination plans of the evil Doctor Eggman Robotnik.

The new movie will apparently blend live-action and CGI elements.

Moritz is producing the project after he recently signed a first-look deal with Paramount, Variety reported.

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The upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie hit a bit of a bumper today when Sony let their film rights expire. However, it seems like visual effects and animation are his forte, which makes him a good fit for the Sonic movie.

I'd like to think Miller, who was very key in the success of Deadpool. might be able to interject some life into a Sonic the Hedgehog movie.

It's been a huge trend within the last few years to adapt video games in to films.

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