Sonic The Hedgehog movie in the works at Paramount

Paramount Picks up Rights to Sonic the Hedgehog Film

Paramount Picks up Rights to Sonic the Hedgehog Film

Paramount reportedly intends to blend CGI animation with live-action performances for the project, which will be produced by Neal H. Moritz (I Know What You Did Last Summer, I Am Legend, The Fast and the Furious franchise).

"The history of video game company #sega can be perceived as moments of near-simultaneous endings and beginnings, and the same can be said of its flagship property "#Sonic the hedgehog".

The Sonic the Hedgehog movie is aiming for a 2019 release, according to IMDB. Earlier this year, SEGA struck a deal with IDW to publish Sonic comics in 2018 and beyond. Sega originally awarded the film rights to Sony Entertainment, but after letting it lapse without going to full production, they have put the movie on turnaround and Paramount is picking it up.

Interestingly, Deadpool director Tim Miller will executive produce the new Sonic movie (which was previously in the works at Sony before they let the rights go). Toby Ascher is also executive producing, with while Dmitri Johnson and Dan Jevons on board as co-producers. We're guessing Sonic won't be live action as painting a real hedgehog blue and lobbing it down pipes at high speed would probably anger animal rights groups.

The Sonic the Hedgehog series remains one of the most iconic video game franchises in history, spawning a series of platform games, offshoot pinball and puzzle games, animated TV shows, and one of the most infamously self-mocking Twitter accounts ever.

Sonic's big-screen debut occurred in Disney Animation's Wreck-It Ralph back in 2012.

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