SONIC THE HEDGEHOG Movie Coming from Sony and Sega; First in a Planned Family Film Franchise

     June 10, 2014


Though he made a brief cameo appearance in Wreck-It Ralph, it looks like Sonic the Hedgehog will now star front and center in his own feature film.  The live-action/CG hybrid will be the first in an expected film franchise, with the plan being to release one new movie each year.  Sony and producer Neal H. Moritz are teaming up with Japan-based animation film production company Marza Animation Planet to tackle the famous video game speedster.  Screenwriters Evan Susser and Van Robichaux, alumni of Upright Citizens Brigade, will draft the screenplay that’s expected to include the world’s fastest hedgehog and his infamous foe, the evil Dr. Eggman.  Hit the jump for more.

Heat Vision reportssonic-the-hedgehog-movie that Sony and Sega will team up to adapt the $1 billion franchise, Sonic the Hedgehog, for a feature film franchise.  The heroic hedgehog appeared in 1991 on the Sega Genesis in his very own video game, but it didn’t take long to spawn numerous sequels, comic books, and a host of animated series; there’s even a new one in the works called Sonic Boom that’s destined for Cartoon Network.  So it’s a little surprising that we’ve gone over 20 years without seeing Sonic on the big screen in a feature film.  Perhaps the time and technology are finally right for studios to take a chance on this one.

Here’s what Sony Pictures production president Hannah Minghella had to say about the property:

“There are limitless stories to tell with a character like Sonic the Hedgehog, and a built-in international fan base. Along with our wonderful creative partners at Marza, we’re looking to capture everything that generations of fans know and love about Sonic while also growing his audience wider than ever before.”

sonic-the-hedgehog-movieMarza Animation Planet CEO Masanao Maeda added:

“Sonic has had dozens of adventures on the console and the small screen, and we’re thrilled that he’s now coming to the big screen. Sony Pictures has had great success with hybrid animated and live-action features, and we’re confident that this collaboration will bring a fresh take to Sonic, while still capturing everything that the fans love about him.”

Remember, kids, it’s not just Sonic in the game anymore, even though his name remains at the core of the franchise.  It also includes plenty of other marketable characters like Miles “Tails” Prower, Knuckles the Echidna, and even Shadow the Hedgehog, so expect this one to be around for quite a while.

  • truthinromance

    Moose Knuckles.

  • Idris Elba

    Idris Elba needs to be Sonic.

    • MITIOR

      I vote for Benedict Cumberbatch


    Awesome!!! About time too! .. Though, hope its less cutesy and more adventure. I think the speed will blow minds, literally! if seen in 3d. Always been a fan of Sonic since the megadrive days, and seeing how fast he ran in that Generations game, with awesome environments was insane. Maybe too insane for a movie experience. Some people didn’t turn up for Dredd 3d in theatres, now imagine sonic whizzing past at a 1000 mmph in 3d!

  • Manuel Orozco

    If i were sony, I would see what we can accomplish with production on Sonic before we decide to make a franchise

    • Lex Walker

      Yeah, but this is the company that committed to Spidey 3, 4, and Sinister Six before Amazing Spidey 2 even hit and disappointed in theaters. So, what do you really expect, for them to learn from mistakes? You optimist you.

      • Manuel Orozco

        I’m not really an optimist but if I were them I would think carefully of enough story it will take to build a franchise

  • Strong Enough

    Idris Elba for Knuckles

  • Old Soldier

    Oh jeeze, what’s next Custer’s Revenge?

  • jack

    shocked this hasn’t happened already now that i think about it

  • Cjv95

    George Lopez as Dr. Eggman

  • Mezmero

    Let’s hope this is better than Mario Brothers.


    Get Chris Sanders as the director!

    • Stefan Bonomo

      Yes! That would be amazing!

    • Stefan Bonomo

      Yes! That would be amazing!

  • Fred Fellows

    John Goodman needs to be Sonic the Hedgehog.

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