It was announced last week that Deadpool Director Tim Miller would not be returning to direct the sequel to the highly successful superhero movie. In an interesting turn of events, it has been revealed that the director will be developing a live-action/CG animated Sonic the Hedgehog feature film.
For this project, Miller will be joining fellow Blur Studio collaborator Jeff Fowler — who is the film’s director. The team will join producer Neal H. Mortiz and writers Patrick Casey and Josh Miller. Tim Miller will be serving as the movie’s executive producer.
“Jeff is an incredible director with strong story instincts,” said Miller about Fowler. “The world of Sonic presents the perfect opportunity for him to leverage his experience in animation to bring a new dimension to this iconic character.”
Sony Pictures will collaborate with Marza Animation Planet, which is a division of the Sega Sammy Group. Marza will be producing titles for the movie. It is unclear whether or not the company will be providing any CG work. The plot of the movie is unknown, though it is reasonable to expect it to center around Sonic and pals trying to stop the evil machinations of Eggman.
A hybrid live-action animated film based on Sonic the Hedgehog won’t be an easy project to produce. Sonic was a giant among video game mascots in the 90’s, but ever since the series went into the third dimension, it has lost much of what made the original games special. Then there is the fact that most (if not all) video game-based movies have been less than stellar. This film could end up being decent, but the odds are stacked against it given the history of Sonic the Hedgehog and video game movies in general.
The Sonic the Hedgehog film is slated to be released sometime in 2018.