It has been confirmed that Paramount Pictures has just nabbed the rights to make the Sonic the Hedgehog movie from Sony. The property helped put Sega on the map and made the company known even among mainstream non-gaming audiences.
In 2016, it was announced that a Sonic the Hedgehog movie was in the works and Sony was set to produce and distribute the film. This, of course, is in line with the latest Hollywood trend of developing movies from established IP. Whether it’s a reboot, soft reboot, remake or new adaptation, major studios choose to evoke the feeling of nostalgia when it comes to their big-budget blockbusters. Sony hasn’t shied away from this either, producing films like the all-female Ghostbusters in 2016 and soon to be released Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Sonic the Hedgehog would have been one such film. In an interesting turn of events, Sony will no longer be the studio producing this movie, however.
THR confirms that Paramount Pictures has nabbed the rights to produce the Sonic the Hedgehog movie after Sony Entertainment put it into turnaround. This comes after Emmy nominated Neal H. Moritz, under his Original Film banner, recently signed an upcoming first-look deal with Paramount. THR further confirms that although the film has switched camps from Sony to Paramount, most of the team that was developing the movie at Sony still remains. In addition to Moritz — who has produced all the Fast and Furious movies — Deadpool helmer, Tim Miller is still attached as an executive producer. Miller’s longtime collaborator Jeff Fowler will be making his feature directorial debut, while Dimitri Johnson and Dan Jevons will be co-producers.
Paramount Pictures is a behemoth of a studio with many giant franchises under their belt including Transformers, Star Trek, and Mission Impossible. With the dwindling box office results of Transformers and Star Trek, Paramount will be hoping that Sonic the Hedgehog rakes in the big bucks, both in North America and internationally, which will then open the door to launch a whole new franchise/universe revolving around the blue hedgehog. Besides, the aforementioned Transformers, Star Trek and Mission Impossible all focus on a young adult or older demographic. Sonic will surely be targeted towards a much younger demographic.
Considering the talent involved, it looks like Paramount is taking this property seriously, and rightfully so. Not only did Miller helm the successful Deadpool, he’s also set to work on the latest Terminator movie, hand in hand with James Cameron. Fowler, on the other hand, received an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short back in 2005.
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