Because the glory of the Super Mario Bros. movie back in 1993 just wasn’t enough for the world, it looks like another classic side-scrolling franchise will be coming to the big screen. This time around it’s Sonic the Hedgehog and the perpetrators of this potential eye-roller are the execs over at Sony. Scroll on for more.
Sony will be teaming up with Marza Animation Planet to create a movie that is – much to my surprise – not just a cartoon or CGI flick, but an actual live-action/CGI mix. I’m going to assume that the titular character of Sonic will be CGI. Unless they find a hedgehog that was born for the part, I suppose…
So what will Sonic be doing on the big screen? Running in circles and collecting rings? According to Hannah Minghella, one of the production execs:
“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.”
And the CEO of Marza, Masanao Maeda had this to say:
“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.”
While they’re not saying much more than “We can make money with this and we’re doing it”, one has to wonder at what they’ll put together. Sonic had his own TV show that ran for a couple of years back in the mid-90s, but somehow I doubt they’ll be using that as source material. The writing team of Evan Susser and Van Robichaux (known for very little thus far) will be putting together the script and have already promised that Doctor Eggman will be making an appearance. So at least there’s that?
What say thee, Nerd Readers? Do you think a Sonic movie could fly (or at least run very fast)? Or is this just another desperate attempt to capitalize off of a dusty franchise?