Sonic the Hedgehog is going to be making his way to the big screen next year. A movie based on the popular Sega video game character has been in the works for quite some time, but now it looks like we're actually going to see the speedy blue hedgehog as Paramount appears to be committed to actually getting this movie made. After securing the rights to the video game last year, Paramount has now set a November 15, 2019, release date for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie. It was also recently confirmed that Nintendo is working with Illumination to bring a new animated Mario movie to the big screen, but it looks like Sonic is going to beat them to the punch.
Details are a bit scarce at the moment, but it's said that this Sonic the Hedgehog movie will be a blend of CGI and live-action. Deadpool director Tim Miller is on board as an executive producer, with Jeff Fowler set to make his feature directorial debut. Fowler is best known for his work on the animated short Gopher Broke, which Miller produced and was nominated for an Oscar in 2005. Toby Ascher, Neal H. Moritz, Dmitri Johnson and Dan Jevons are all also on board the production team for the movie. It's also been reported that many of the key people who were working on the movie while it was at Sony will also be working on the movie at Paramount.
A Sonic the Hedgehog movie has been in the works in some form or another since 2014. At that time, it was Sony developing the movie and they spent several years working on it. However, they ultimately decided to let the rights go. That left room for Paramount to swoop in and scoop up the project. Pat Casey and Josh Miller, creators of the animated series Golan The Insatiable, are penning the script for the movie. Will they bring Sonic's buddy Tails or the evil Dr. Eggman along for the ride? Or what about Sonic's red counterpart Knuckles? Maybe they'll save him for the sequel.
Sega first introduced us to Sonic the Hedgehog in 1991 and the character quickly became a popular fixture in the gaming world. Over the years, Sonic has become one of the most recognizable pop culture figures brought to us via the medium of video games. Sonic the Hedgehog's various titles have sold more than 360 million copies on various gaming platforms. Sonic was previously adapted for the small screen in the 1993 animated series The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.
It's tough to say how a Sonic the Hedgehog movie will do, given that Hollywood has a checkered history with video game movies, but it won't have much in the way of competition, assuming no other movies decide to plant a flag on the same release date. Currently, the only other movie scheduled for release on November 15, 2019, is Melissa McCarthy's comedy Margie Claus, where she plays Santa's wife. The news of Sonic the Hedgehog's release date was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.