'Sonic the Hedgehog' film moves over to Paramount

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THR reports that the studio has acquired the rights to Sonic the Hedgehog.

Deadpool director Tim Miller and Toby Ascher are the executive producers, while Blur Studio's Jeff Fowler will direct the film. Also producing is Neal H. Moritz under the Original Film banner.

And few things kill any possible optimism for a Sonic film than "live-action/CGI hybrid". Sonic uses his stature as world's fastest hedgehog to move at supersonic speed to protect his friends from their enemies.

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Video games that are turned into movies usually don't do very well.

The Sonic the Hedgehog movie has just entered pre-production, and has yet to receive an official release date. Sega then tied up with Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2014 for the film development in its bid to expand its entertainment brand. Later games in the franchise added a little more story and mythology to Sonic's background, as well as additional characters like Knuckles and Shadow.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Sonic movie "will blend live action and CGI animation" (think Space Jam). Fowler was the director of the 2005 Academy Award-nominated animated short film "Gopher Broke", which was produced by Miller. Sonic the Hedgehog's screenwriters are more prolific but their joint credits on titles like Team Hot Wheels: Build the Epic Race don't fill me with optimism. Only time will tell if SEGA's mascot will fare any better, though, players will get to see the hedgehog in action later this year when Sonic Forces releases on November 7, 2017.