On this episode of Nerd & Tie we talk about Amazon developing new TV shows based on Snow Crash, Ringworld and Lazarus to start. We also talk about the new trailer for Pacific Rim: Uprising, how the Sonic the Hedgehog live action movie is still happening, Time Lord Expo getting cancelled just weeks before the con, and the sorry state of Wizard World.
So hey, remember how a live action Sonic the Hedgehog movie is in development? Yeah, me neither — but it’s apparently still a thing that is happening. After over a year and a half of Sony just sort of sitting on the project though, we finally have some more news about it. And that news is “it’s moving to Paramount.”
Yep, that’s it. That’s the entire story.
Neal H. Moritz and Tim Miller are producing the film, but right now the film doesn’t even have a writer let alone a script. That lack of a script is why it’s hard to say anything about this movie beyond “why are they making this,” “who the heck is this movie even for,” and “gotta go fast!” I mean, Sonic works great in animated form, but those joined eyes would just look super creepy interacting with the real world. Of course, the only Live Action Sonic I’ll ever accept is H.Bomberguy.
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?