It seems like Sony has teamed up with producer Neal Moritz to bring everyone’s favorite blue blur, Sonic the Hedgehog, to your home television screen. Sega and Sony will be working with Marza Animation to develop a hybrid live-action and CG-animated movie. The current plan is to release one movie per year.
According to the Hollywood Reporter,
The studio is teaming with Marza Animation Planet, a CG animation film-production company based in Japan and a division of the Sega Sammy Group, to make a hybrid CG-animated/live-action feature.
The screenplay is being handled by Upright Citizens Brigade alumni Evan Susser and Van Robichaux. As of now, the movie will follow Sonic along his typical antics along with his rivalries with Dr. Eggman and competitions with other characters. Of course, the movie is set to feature such Sonic favorites as Tails, Knuckles, and more.
Hannah Minghella, president of production at Columbia pictures had this to share.
“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.”
Masanao Maeda, CEO of Marza, 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.”
If you’re skeptical about the project (which you would probably be justified in feeling so), know that producer Neal Moritz was also behind such movies as 22 Jump Street and Fast & Furious.
Screenplay writers Susser and Robichaux also have some credentials beneath their belt:
Susser and Robichaux’s feature film screenplay, Chewie, was ranked No. 3 on the 2011 Black List. They are currently writing How to Grow Up, a series in development for CBS, and Fist Fight, a feature film with New Girl star Max Greenfield and producers Shawn Levy, Billy Rosenberg and Dan Cohen attached. They are also writing a live-action version of The Jetsons.