Paramount Pictures has secured the feature film rights to the long-running Sega video game franchise, “Sonic the Hedgehog,” the studio announced on Monday.
Neal H. Moritz, who recently signed an upcoming first look deal with Paramount, is producing under his Original Film banner. “Deadpool” director Tim Miller will serve as executive producer along with Toby Ascher. Dmitri Johnson and Dan Jevons will serve as co-producers.
Jeff Fowler will make his feature directing debut on the film. Fowler is a longtime collaborator with Tim Miller at the latter’s production studio, Blur Studio. Fowler previously wrote and directed the 2005 Academy Award-nominated best animated short, “Gopher Broke,” which Miller executive produced.
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First launched in 1991, “Sonic the Hedgehog” games have sold more than 360 million copies of the game, including packaged and digital games, on various platforms. Sonic has been featured in several animated TV series, and appeared briefly in Disney’s 2012 film “Wreck-It Ralph.”
The “Sonic” film – which will be a combination of live action and CGI animation — will be the first time SONIC has ever been adapted for the big screen.