Paramount Pictures has secured the feature film rights to the hugely successful SEGA video game franchise SONIC THE HEDGEHOG, the studio announced Monday. The project was previously in development at Sony, where producer Neal H. Moritz is currently under a first-look deal.
However, Moritz recently signed an upcoming first-look deal with Paramount, and since he’s the one who convinced SEGA to fork over the rights in the first place, he’s taking it to his new home at Paramount once that deal goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2019.
Moritz will produce the Sonic movie under his Original Film banner, whose Toby Ascher will executive produce alongside Deadpool director Tim Miller. Meanwhile, Dmitri Johnson and Dan Jevons will serve as co-producers.
Jeff Fowler will make his feature directing debut on the film, having worked alongside Miller at the latter’s Blur Studio. Fowler previously wrote and directed the 2005 Oscar-nominated animated short Gopher Broke, which Miller executive produced.
Sonic the Hedgehog launched in 1991 and since then, Sonic has become a iconic video game character. More than 360 million copies of the game have been sold on various platforms. The film will be a combination of live action and CGI animation, and it’ll be the first time Sonic the Hedgehog has ever been adapted for the big screen.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief