In 1991, the popular video game Sonic the Hedgehog was released on Sega Genesis. The game was a runaway success, and was the first of over a dozen titles featuring the Sonic character. Sonic, an anthropomorphic hedgehog who could run at (obviously) sonic speeds, became one of the most iconic video game characters of all time, and was largely responsible for Sega's success during the 1990s. The character's popularity eventually led to two animated series in 1993, Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog.
Considering Hollywood's continued interest in established characters, it should come as no surprise that Sony has announced plans to develop a hybrid live-action/CGI Sonic the Hedgehog movie. The film was confirmed to be in development a few months ago with Sony targeting a 2018 release date. Now, we have more news regarding who will be directing the picture, and what creative minds will be behind Sonic's first solo film adaptation.
THR is reporting that Tim Miller, who directed the R-rated breakout hit Deadpool, will be executive producing Sonic the Hedgehog, while longtime Miller collaborator Jeff Fowler will direct. The film will be written by Golan the Insatiable creators Patrick Casey and Josh Miller.
Tim Miller recently found himself with some extra time on his hands, which likely freed him up to work on Sonic the Hedgehog. While never officially confirmed as returning to direct Deadpool 2, it was believed by many that Miller would rejoin with star, Ryan Reynolds, in an attempt to replicate the unprecedented success of the first film. However, citing creative differences, Miller departed the sequel, and has wasted no time finding a new project.
Though he will not be serving as Sonic the Hedgehog's director, the film seems like a natural fit for a filmmaker who, prior to Deadpool, had primarily operated as a visual effects specialist. Together, Miller and Fowler won best animated short at the 2005 Academy Awards for the animated animal tale, Gopher Broke.
Fowler, who will make his feature directorial debut, has Miller's stamp of approval, with the latter stating:
“Jeff is an incredible director with strong story instincts. The world of Sonic presents the perfect opportunity for him to leverage his experience in animation to bring new dimension to this iconic character.”
There is little information regarding the plot of Sonic the Hedgehog, but it will likely feature Sonic and his friends Tails and Knuckles, as they try to foil whatever nefarious plan Doctor Robotnik has set in motion. Doctor Robotnik, who has been Sonic's main antagonist, often attempts to turn helpless animals into robots he can control. Sony is no doubt hoping that they can launch a new hit franchise with Sonic, who has developed a large fan base from his appearances in a variety of video games and animated properties.
We’ll bring you more information on the Sonic the Hedgehog movie as it becomes available.