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Sonic the Hedgehog To Become Hollywood movie
A promotional image from the new Sonic series Sonic Boom.

For a character known for his speed, it’s taken Sonic a while to hit the big screen.

He’s coming, though, apparently, thanks to Sony and producer Neal Moritz, who’s developing the script to the live-action/CG hybrid film (yeah, one of those) with screenwriters Evan Susser and Van Robichaux (Upright Citizens Brigade).

That’s in addition to the news last year that a new Sonic CG cartoon, Sonic Boom, would be premiering this fall on Cartoon Network.

Said Columbia Pictures president of production Hannah Minghella, “There are limitless stories to tell with a character like Sonic the Hedgehog and a built-in international fan base,” to which we immediately thought, “really?”

Nothing against Sonic, but is there any demand out there – like, whatsoever – for a theatrical film about him? Sonic was hot in the mid-90s, when he emerged as a hipper, faster alternative to Mario – and when the games were actually good. At the peak of Sonic’s popularity, there were even, confusingly, two animated series running concurrently.

It’s been years, though, since there was a highly acclaimed Sonic game, and the character himself has been largely relegated to a bonus character in, yes, Nintendo games. How the mighty have fallen.

Who knows? Maybe this film – and the show – will return Sonic to his former glory. But we’re not holding our breath.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.