Sonic The Hedgehog To Get His Own CG/Live-Action Feature
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.10.2014
Blue streak speeds by...
Superhero Hype reports that Sony Pictures Entertainment and CG animation film production company Marza Animation Planet (of the SEGA SAMMY Group) have announced they are working together to create a CG/live-action movie based on Sonic the Hedgehog. It will be written by Evan Susser and Van Robichaux and produced by Neal H. Moritz through Original Film and Marza's Takeshi Ito and Mie Onishi. Toby Ascher will executive produce.
For those who haven't played the games, Sonic is a blue hedgehog known for his ability to move at supersonic speed to save his friends from the evil Dr. Eggman. The Sonic game series is over twenty years old, with the first game arriving on the SEGA Master System in 1991. The franchise has earned a billion dollars with over 140 million games sold.
Hannah Minghella, Columbia Pictures' president of Production said: "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 Animation Planet 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."
According to the press release, Marza is "a leading CG animation production company with the vision to create films to the global market from Japan, by combining global storytelling and Japanese creativity." The current plan is to release one feature-length film every year. Hannah Minghella and Andrea Giannetti will oversee for Sony Pictures Entertainment.