Sonic the Hedgehog feature finds new life at Paramount

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Paramount Pictures has picked up the film rights to Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog, with a Sony Pictures take on the franchise apparently having fallen through.

"Deadpool" director Tim Miller is executive producing along with Miller's Blu Studio collaborator Jeff Fowler handling directing duties. Dmitri Johnson and Dan Jevons of DJ2 Entertainment will serve as co-producers. Moritz is also onboard to produce.

Are you excited about the prospect of seeing Sonic and friends on the big screen?

Now, let's set aside for a moment the usual concerns that video game movies are, frankly, quite often not any good at all.

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The film will have a mix of live action and CGI.

The Sonic the Hedgehog movie has just entered pre-production, and has yet to receive an official release date. The project moves to Paramount after Sony Pictures recently put the project into "turnaround". Sonic has had a comic book series and many cartoons, but never a feature length film.

Miller has praised Fowler, calling him "an incredible director with strong story instincts".

This will be the first film adaptation for Sonic and it is now a live-action /CGI animation combination that is now scheduled for a 2019 release date. Though the Sega mascot has been in a number of questionable games, the recent release of Sonic Mania helped the speedy hedgehog gain some momentum. Sonic the Hedgehog has sold more than 360 million copies, accounting for both retail and digital games, across various consoles and systems.