Fans of Sonic the Hedgehog have likely been hearing about the prospect of a live action movie adaptation of the franchise for some time now. Recently, Paramount Pictures has secured the rights to have the movie made into a reality, and with this information comes some other details.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tim Miller, who directed last year’s Deadpool, will be working on the Sonic the Hedgehog movie as an executive producer. Additionally, Miller’s collaborator Jeff Fowler, who has previously worked on animation for 2009’s Where the Wild Things Are as well as directing and writing the 2004 animated short Gopher Broke, has signed on as the director for the project. Other people connected to the film include Toby Ascher, who has worked on Battle Los Angeles and The Green Hornet, who will be executive producing the film, as well as Skulls of the Shogun executive producers Dmitri Johnson and Dan Jevons, who will be co-producing this project.
While Sonic the Hedgehog has made appearances outside of video games, including a line of comics, a 1996 animated movie and multiple animated TV shows, this film will mark the character’s live action debut. Apparently, Paramount plans to mix live action with CGI for the film. The movie is expected to come to theaters in 2018 or 2019.