– by Nick Doll

Sonic the Hedgehog is headed to the big screen! The Hollywood Reporter reports that Paramount Pictures has picked up the rights for the popular character from the long-running video game franchise by SEGA.

The project was originally set up at Sony, but after the studio put it into turnaround, Neal H. Mortiz’s Original Film banner brought the film over to Paramount. Mortiz is best know for producing I Am Legend, 21 Jump Street, Prison Break, and various Fast and the Furious films.

The team that was developing it at Sony mostly remains, including Deadpool director Tim Miller, who is executive producing, and his longtime collaborator Jeff Fowler. Fowler will be making his directorial debut on the feature film. Fowler is best known for writing and directing the short film Gopher, which was nominated for an Academy Award. Miller was a producer on said short film.

Paramount’s aim is to make a movie that is a blend of live action and CGI animation. Sonic used to have an animated series in 1993, but it only ran for two seasons. Aside from an hour long Japanese Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie in 1996, the popular game character has yet to be featured as the lead in a feature film.

Are you excited for a Sonic The Hedgehog movie? Do you think a blend of live-action and CG animation are the way to go, or would you rather see it fully animated? Let us know in the comment section below!

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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter