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Sonic the Hedgehog headed for Hollywood

By Brendan Sinclair

Sonic the Hedgehog headed for Hollywood

Wed 10 Feb 2016 3:57pm GMT / 10:57am EST / 7:57am PST
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Sega Sammy CEO says live-action/CG hybrid movie is in the works with Sony Pictures for 2018 release

Sonic the Hedgehog is ready for his close-up. The Sega mascot is due to receive a feature film adaptation, according to Sega Sammy Holdings president and CEO Hajime Satomi.

In an interview with The Worldfolio published yesterday, Satomi discussed plans to bring the blue blur to the big screen as an example of the company's new ambitions.

"Sega Sammy Group is currently planning with Sony Pictures to create a live-action and animation hybrid Sonic the Hedgehog movie scheduled for release in 2018," Satomi said. "Like with this CG animation production, we would like to expand our business into other entertainment areas beyond what we are currently involved."

Satomi characterized it as one of a number of innovative ideas to expand the company's business, both domestically and internationally. He also talked about Sega Sammy's move into "integrated resorts"--entertainment complexes that combine casinos, hotel, shopping malls, movie theaters, and convention centers--and expansion into indoor theme parks and animation.

"I believe that Japanese companies need to be more aggressive and face the challenges of the international market - and that includes our company as well," Satomi said. "We would like to aggressively pursue global activities and challenges in the future to have our Sega Sammy Group brand recognized as a leader in entertainment."

While a Sonic movie would likely be Sega's biggest excursion into feature films to-date, it would not be the first. The company's House of the Dead zombie shooter franchise was one of Uwe Boll's many video game movie adaptations, and spawned a sequel despite receiving almost uniformly unfavorable reviews.

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9 Comments

Michael Harrell Studying CS, University of Utah

21 26 1.2
A live-action/CG hybrid movie of Sonic the Hedgehog? Not only is it about 20 years too late, but it sounds like the worst video game adaptation possible.

Poor, poor Sonic. :'(

Posted:4 months ago

#1

Thomas Kennedy Unemployed (Seeking work)

28 37 1.3
....What? Why a CG Live action Hybrid? the days of Who framed Roger Rabbit is long gone and hell a bunch of Fans tried that back in 2013, it didn't work out too well receiving mixed to poor reviews what makes SEGA think that THEY can pull it off?

They have a great CG Animation team (Hell said team is making the next CGI Resident evil film) it would be better to go full on CG as opposed to this, It won't be like Lord of the Rings where the CG Works due to the setting.

Posted:4 months ago

#2

Benjamin Crause Supervisor Central Support, Nintendo of Europe

107 60 0.6
I think having a new hybrid movie could be fun. But that is the main point: This better turn out to be a good and fun movie or it could be the death sting for Sonic.

Posted:4 months ago

#3

Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

2,557 1,582 0.6
Just. Make. ONE. Good. Sonic. GAME. Jeez.

And:
The company's House of the Dead zombie shooter franchise was one of Uwe Boll's many video game movie adaptations, and spawned a sequel despite receiving almost uniformly unfavorable reviews.
Well, I'd never heard of the sequel and if it's anything like the first film, there's a window that should be shut fast on trying to defend it with that quote. :D

Posted:4 months ago

#4

Paul Jace Merchandiser

1,172 1,955 1.7
Regardless how it turns out I doubt it will end up being the worst video game movie ever made. That title is in an eleven-way-tie consisting with the likes of Street Fighter, Double Dragon and of course Super Mario Bros.

Posted:4 months ago

#5

David Vink Game Designer

15 48 3.2
Hey I liked the Double Dragon movie.
"At least I didn't get the blue one."
"What's wrong with the blue one?"
:-)

Posted:4 months ago

#6

Robert Mac-Donald Game Designer, Lethe Games

149 232 1.6
a bunch of Fans tried that back in 2013, it didn't work out too well receiving mixed to poor reviews
Here's the link for those who missed it: https://youtu.be/JtCtQpclpY8

Posted:4 months ago

#7

Quincy Ward Studying Computer Science, University of Arkansas

25 35 1.4
I'm thinking it will be similar to Chipmunks Movies.

Posted:4 months ago

#8

Shane Sweeney Academic

497 594 1.2
If Sonic has a romantic connection to a human girl like in the video game it's going to come off bizarrely.

Surely surely Sega Sammy knows that won't work International.

Posted:4 months ago

#9

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