Sonic the Hedgehog has become a household name since he sped onto the SEGA scene. His legacy took a turn for the worse, however, when last year’s Sonic Boom title took a hard nose-dive as the worst-selling game in the franchise. Sonic may be down, but don’t count him out. SEGA has teamed up with Sony Pictures in hopes of creating a live-action hybrid Sonic the Hedgehog movie, which might hopefully help reverse this tail-spin.Hajime Satomi, CEO of SEGA, had this to say while speaking with The Worldfolio:
“Sega Sammy Group is currently planning with Sony Pictures to create a live-action and animation hybrid ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ movie scheduled for release in 2018. Like with this CG animation production, we would like to expand our business into other entertainment areas beyond what we are currently involved.”
Sonic has some experience under his belt already when it comes to projects that take him outside the video game realm. He was given his own animated series in the 90’s, at the peak of his popularity, as well as an overseas release of an original animated project titled Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie. A computer animated series is also going strong into its second season, despite the Sonic Boom bomb.
Proper handling of this project is crucial now, since Sonic’s name is on the line. A live-action animated hybrid that veers too much in the direction of Garfield or Alvin and the Chipmunks could really just make the hedgehog a huge joke. A storyline that keeps Sonic in his own world with his own characters could be workable; but that element of trying to integrate him into the real, outside world is where things could get sticky. What do you think; is Sega doing right by Sonic with this new idea? Better yet- would you go see whatever they do come up with?