Sony is officially developing a Sonic the Hedgehog movie. Yes, the best-selling Sega video game title is set to hit our big screens in a computer-animated/live-action feature. Sony and producer Neal Moritz (I Am Legend, 21 Jump Street, Fast & Furious 6) are teaming up with Japan-based production company Marza Animation Planet, a division of the Sega Sammy Group, in bringing the adaptation to life. Upright Citizens Brigade writers Evan Susser and Van Robichaux are in charge of the film’s screenplay.
THR reports that the film is to “follow the antics of Sonic, the world’s fastest hedgehog. The film will also feature some of the franchise’s favorite characters including the evil Dr. Eggman.”
The plan is to kick off a Sonic the Hedgehog film franchise, which will attempt to cash in on the billion-dollar brand. The video game series has sold over 140 million copies, spawning toys, comics, and even animated TV shows, including the upcoming Cartoon Network series Sonic Boom.
Sega CEO Masanao Maeda had the following to say: “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.”