Paramount CEO Jim Gianopulos says Sonic the Hedgehog will be a "juvenile delinquent" in the upcoming film. Such a move would be a major departure from most depictions of the popular video game character. In 2016, Sony Pictures announced that they were developing a Sonic the Hedgehog movie.
However, those plans changed, and in 2017 it was revealed that Paramount Pictures had acquired the rights to the character. A fall 2019 release date was eventually set, with Jeff Fowler directing the film. It will also be executive produced by Deadpool director Tim Miller. Sonic the Hedgehog is expected to begin filming in the summer. The movie will be a mix of CGI animation and live action. That's all that was known about the upcoming adaptation... until now.
During a Q&A at the 10th Annual Produced By Conference, Gianopulos addressed the fact that film adaptations of video games aren't usually very successful and explained what sold him on the idea of a Sonic the Hedgehog movie (via Deadline). Fast and Furious franchise producer Neal H. Moritz had pitched the idea to Gianopulos, and he showed the studio executive a short clip to demonstrate the tone of the movie. Apparently, Gianopulos was impressed by what he saw.
"He’s a juvenile delinquent on the adventures in a pretty straight rural environment with a local policeman. It was instantly engaging and it was good enough where you could see where it’s going."
Based on Gianopulos' comments, audiences can infer that he is indeed talking about the plans for the film and not just his interpretation of the character, since he mentions the "local policeman" character, who will be played by Westworld and X-Men actor James Marsden. The idea of Sonic the Hedgehog being a "juvenile delinquent" suggests that the film is taking the character in a totally different direction than most portrayals of the blue hedgehog that's appeared in various video games and cartoons.
Generally seen as an honest, straight-laced hero, many fans may find it hard to see Sonic as a "juvenile delinquent." This could mean that Sonic may begin the movie as someone who often finds himself in trouble. Sonic may even wind up in trouble with the law. This could explain how he ends up on an adventure with a policeman. If so, Sonic could be a little less heroic and a little more mischievous than usual. The voice actor for Sonic has yet to be announced, but more casting news should be revealed in the coming weeks, since filming is set to begin soon.