Image copyright Sony Pictures 2017
It’s been quite a bumper year for Sonic the Hedgehog.
First, SEGA released the astoundingly well-received Sonic Mania, a throwback to Sonic games of old.
Then the long-running comic book partnership between SEGA and Archie was dropped for IDW Publishing to pick up a brand new series coming next year, with a presentation at this year’s New York Comic Con, taking place between the 5th and 8th October.
The 3D action game Sonic Forces will be headed to consoles in November, which will bring a whole new and hotly anticipated new game feature to the Sonic series; giving players the ability to create their own characters.
Oh, and as if all of that wasn’t already enough, we’ve gone and reviewed Sonic Adventure, surely a pinnacle for the Blue Blur!
Arguably, all of that pales in comparison to whats coming next though (even against our own review, which tells you something about it); Sonic the Hedgehog is coming to the big screen!
I repeat; Sonic the Hedgehog is coming to the big screen!
Now, this isn’t strictly news as we’ve known about the Sonic the Hedgehog movie for quite some time now, nearly a year ago in fact.
That was until news broke that the movie has now moved to Paramount Pictures after they secured the rights.
Neal H. Moritz will produce the film under his Original Film banner, with Miller acting as Executive Producer, and his long-time Blur Studios collaborator Jeff Fowler will make his directorial debut on the film.
Having made his video game debut in 1991, Sonic has been SEGA‘s official mascot ever since.
Up there with Mario in terms of video game recognisability, by 2016 over 80 million physical copies of games had been sold, with a staggering 350 million when you factor bundle packages or downloads and games featuring have earned an estimated $87 million worldwide.
Sonic is also a Guinness World Record holder, including “Longest Running Comic Based on a Video Game”, and, perhaps most importantly, is my hero.
I cannot wait for this movie, arguably even more than my anticipation for the Deadpool movie.