"Sonic the Hedgehog" Movie Rights Zip Over to Paramount

Deadpool director Tim Miller remains attached to the project as a producer, as is long-time genre producer Neal H. Moritz. Toby Ascher will also serve as executive producer, while Dan Jevons and Dmitri Johnson will be co-producers.

If you want to grab the film rights to Sonic the Hedgehog, you've got to go fast. But there has yet to be a really great video game movie, and this will most likely be at best a paint-by-the-numbers children's film rather than anything remotely interesting. Fowler was the director of the 2005 Academy Award-nominated animated short film "Gopher Broke", which was produced by Miller.

Sonic the Hedgehog is scheduled for a 2019 release.

Though the franchise has a diverse and wide range of cast members with potential to be included in the adaptation, Sonic games typically aren't well-known for their story elements, favoring gameplay over most other aspects.

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It's been nearly a year since we posted about the Sonic the Hedgehog movie. Sega then tied up with Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2014 for the film development in its bid to expand its entertainment brand.

Paramount plans to make a movie a blend of live-action and CGI animations for Sonic's debut on the big screen.

The Sonic series has sold over 360 million copies worldwide since its launch in 1991, making it one of the biggest video game franchise of all time. After Moritz left Sony for Paramount he made securing the rights to Sonic the Hedgehog one of his first orders of business.

  • Delia Davidson