Gaming geeks will be thrilled with the announcement that Sony Pictures Entertainment has officially teamed up with SEGA Sammy Group division Marza Animation Planet to develop a semi live-action film based on the wildly popular video game “Sonic The Hedgehog”.
Creative duo Evan Susser and Van Robichaux (responsible for “The Jetsons” remake) are hired to write the script for the upcoming pic. Neal H. Moritz will produce, along with Marza’s Takeshi Ito and Mie Onishi. Toby Ascher will serve as an executive producer. The video game movie is described as a hybrid of live-action and CG animation with the hopes of launching a platform for an ongoing franchise.
Sony’s Hannah Minghella said in a statement:
“There are limitless stories to tell with a character like Sonic the Hedgehog, and a built-in international fan base,”
“Along with our wonderful creative partners at Marza, we’re looking to capture everything that generations of fans know and love about Sonic while also growing his audience wider than ever before.”
Marza CEO Masanao Maeda added:
“Sonic has had dozens of adventures on the console and the small screen, and we’re thrilled that he’s now coming to the big screen. Sony Pictures has had great success with hybrid animated and live-action features, and we’re confident that this collaboration will bring a fresh take to Sonic, while still capturing everything that the fans love about him.”
Despite most gaming movies failing to impress through the years, the idea of a “hybrid” Sonic pic sounds intriguing and it’s definitely something to keep an eye on.