The mischievous little blue hedgehog of some of our youths is about to race into your local multiplex.
Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marza Animation Planet announced Tuesday their plans to develop a feature film based on Sega’s $1 billion Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. The live-action/CG-hybrid will be penned by Upright Citizens Brigade alums Evan Susser and Van Robichaux (who are also writing a live-action Jetsons movie) and feature the evil Doctor Eggman character as a nemesis.
“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,” Hannah Minghella, Columbia Pictures’ president of production said in a statement.
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 plans to release one feature-length film a year.