Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog is probably one of the most recognizable videogame property that isn’t owned by their former rival Nintendo. It’s been adapted in animated forms quite a few times on both sides of the Pacific, but something bigger is happening now: a hybrid computer generated animation and live action movie.
In an interview with Wordlfolio, Sega CEO Hajime Satomi said:
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. Like with this CG animation production, we would like to expand our business into other entertainment areas beyond what we are currently involved.
Honestly, my reaction to this is just that it sounds kind of horrifying? I mean, sure – Alvin and the Chipmunks and The Smurfs turned out fine (I mean, depending on how your bar is set), but there’s something about Sonic’s singular, undivided eye looking at and interacting with real physical people and objects that’s kinda giving me nightmares.
At least this should inspire a whole new generation of terrible and weird fan art?