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Upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie (Originally: Sony presents - Sonic the Smurfs)

#301 User is offline BlackHole 

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Seriously SEGA? You keep skipping out on Disney, the company who did such a good job in Wreck-it Ralph to represent the franchise...

This is why I think the creative minds behind SEGA are some of the finest in the industry, but the business heads are completely incompetent.

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View PostBlackHole, on 03 October 2017 - 03:31 AM, said:

Seriously SEGA? You keep skipping out on Disney, the company who did such a good job in Wreck-it Ralph to represent the franchise...

This is why I think the creative minds behind SEGA are some of the finest in the industry, but the business heads are completely incompetent.

Who said Disney wanted to pick this movie up?

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View PostICEknight, on 02 October 2017 - 11:38 PM, said:

Jesus christ SEGA, just give the money to Tyson Hesse and let the magic happen.

Basically this. Tyson Heese adds such a wonderful flair to this world and its characters that it's hard not to fall in love with it all. His art was the only reason I ordered the Sonic Mega Drive comics after playing Mania (though I was pleasantly surprised to find out the writing was just as good, since I'd never read a Sonic comic before).

I'm not opposed to a CG movie (Sonic's generally had it good in that department, so I'd imagine they'd try and replicate the same feel and fluidity as usual), but yeah, the live action part is what's souring me on the whole thing. It just sounds so weird and unnecessary, not to mention reminiscent of stuff like Sonic 2006 or Alvin & the Chipmunks. I want to be proven wrong, but given the nature of this project, the natural thing to do is to keep expectations as low as possible.

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View PostYeow, on 02 October 2017 - 06:35 PM, said:

(Also lol at it still being live-action/CG.)


Paramount barely has an animation studio so I'm not surprised. At the very least, Sony had a very talented animation studio behind it. Shame about the corporate meddling and awful screen writers employed there

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View PostChimpo, on 03 October 2017 - 08:50 AM, said:

View PostYeow, on 02 October 2017 - 06:35 PM, said:

(Also lol at it still being live-action/CG.)


Paramount barely has an animation studio so I'm not surprised. At the very least, Sony had a very talented animation studio behind it. Shame about the corporate meddling and awful screen writers employed there

Sony's animation studio was never involved with the movie's animation. That was and still is being handled by Marza Animation Planet, which is Sega's own CG animation studio. The same one that's handled all CG cutscenes in Sonic games since Sonic Unleashed. The same director, writers, producers, and production company (Original Film) still seem to be attached as well. Really, doesn't seem like Sony had that much to do with the movie creatively.

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We have a release date. November 15, 2019.

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'Sonic the Hedgehog' Movie Sets 2019 Release Date
The film based on the SEGA character hits theaters Nov. 15, 2019.

Sonic the Hedgehog will be racing into theaters next year.

The Paramount film, based on the popular SEGA videogame character, will open Nov. 15, 2019.

Neal H. Moritz is producing the project, with Deadpool director Tim Miller executive producing. Also executive producing is Toby Ascher, while Dmitri Johnson and Dan Jevons will serve as co-producers.

Sonic will be directed by Jeff Fowler, who is making his directorial debut with the project. Paramount is planning a mix of live action and CGI to bring the character to life.

SEGA first introduced Sonic in 1991, with the character being seen as the company's answer to rival Nintendo's leading man Mario. Sonic, along with friends Tails and Knuckles, likes to spend his time running around, collecting rings — while also thwarting the evil plans of villain Doctor Eggman Robotnik. The videogame series has sold more than 360 million copies on various platforms over the years.

Fowler is known for directing the 2005 Oscar-nominated short Gopher Broke, which Miller exec produced.

So far, Sonic shares Nov. 15, 2019 with Warner Bros.' Margie Claus, a musical comedy starring Melissa McCarthy as Santa Claus' wife.


Via ResetERA here and the Hollywood Reporter here.

Live action/CGI says to me "clusterfuck" but there's talent behind this and it's a major release. So could be good? Also doubt this is one of the announcements set for SXSW because that's concentrating on projects for 2018 whilst the movie is late 2019. Suppose a teaser trailer at the event is possible though. Thoughts?
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I want to be optimistic, but I'm still 100% sure it'll find a way to suck. I really, really want to be proven wrong, but I physically cannot comprehend a world where this film is good, whether I want to or not.

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View PostShaddy the guy, on 20 February 2018 - 09:06 PM, said:

I want to be optimistic, but I'm still 100% sure it'll find a way to suck. I really, really want to be proven wrong, but I physically cannot comprehend a world where this film is good, whether I want to or not.


Yeah, same boat here man. I think we both echo most people's thoughts and aspirations for this to be honest. Like, we all hope that this is going to turn out good. But it's difficult to fathom a universe where it is, even if we desperately want it to be. I mean, this is Sonic's first major motion picture "backed by a major film studio" ever so of course we want it to be good - but it's hard to imagine it being so.
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Making Sonic into a live action movie (CGI included or not) is a one way ticket to disaster.

If it were solely CGI with no live action, that might lighten the blow a little. But my main concern, is what kind of plot could you possibly put towards all this? I really can't see any type of story line that would even remotely work here.

They'll probably stick with that old cliché "Sonic and his friends came from another dimension into ours, and need help getting back home, and it was all "Eggman's" fault, involving some machine and emeralds (or if not emeralds, it's gonna be some mystical object the fans have never even heard of til that moment)".

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View PostMarkeyJester, on 20 February 2018 - 10:39 PM, said:

They'll probably stick with that old cliché "Sonic and his friends came from another dimension into ours, and need help getting back home, and it was all "Eggman's" fault, involving some machine and emeralds (or if not emeralds, it's gonna be some mystical object the fans have never even heard of til that moment)".


So Sonic X then.

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We all know this isn't going to be Citizen Kane. But there are two things we don't know yet that could elevate this movie from "punishment for having children" tier to "partially redeemable"

1) Who is playing Robotnik and
2) How much is he going to OWN the character

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How unfortunate. Would rather this film doesn't escape production purgatory. We already have enough bad videogame film adaptations, bad live action/CG hybrid films, and bad Sonic products as it is. We don't need a (likely-to-be) piece of trash that not only adds to the pile for every category, but also unites the unholy trilogy together.
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Remember kiddies, this movie isn't being made for you or me. It's being made for people in theaters who go, "Hey look, it's Sonic the whatshisname. Ha ha, movie funny". It won't make back its budget (whatever that is) if it doesn't rope as many of them as possible.

Meanwhile, the "Sonic Fans" will still go see it, complain on the internet, then go buy the next Sonic game (which I hear is a flaming bag with "Sonic Addventure 7" written on it).
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I honestly hope it's a mix akin to "Terrible Fate", where the environments are live action but the cast are 3D animation.

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It does feel like this has resulted from Sega's ardent initiative to make Sonic a big thing but are fucking it up at every turn - particularly with the disappointment of Sonic Forces fresh in everyone's minds, a game that did have an incredible concept and should have been amazing but depressingly wasn't. I still remember Naka once saying he wanted Sonic to be "as big as Pokemon" around the time of Sonic X and I don't think those feverish ambitions ever truly left Sega's management. They're still trying it to this day.

We've had a string of negatively received Sonic products in recent memory with Sonic Mania the lone shining bright light among them - as in the only thing that Sega have actually done right and even then it was down to talents beyond Sega themselves. So I see the scepticism and negativity. On the surface this does have "clusterfuck" and "disaster" written all over it. You have the Deadpool producer which is a good sign and shows a glimmer of hope but then you also have a "this is going to be a car crash" live action/CG concept and a first-time director which is just never a good omen.

I'll await the trailer which should be forthcoming as the months pass but yeah, I can't fathom this turning out good. It'll be one hell of a surprise if it does.
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