Sega's formerly and—fingers crossed—currently beloved hedgehog, Sonic, is headed to a theater near you with help from Sony Pictures Entertainment and Upright Citizens Brigade alums Evan Susser and Van Robichaux. Timely!
Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sega Sammy's CG animation film production company Marza Animation Planet announced their plans to develop a film based on Sonic the Hedgehog, a $1 billion franchise, on Tuesday. The film will be produced by 22 Jump Street producer Neal H. Moritz and written by UCB's Susser and Robichaux.
According to a statement released about the film, Sonic will reunite Sonic with "some of the most revered and infamous characters of the franchise," and that is including Dr. Eggman. (Phew!) In the same statement, Columbia Pictures' president of production Hannah Minghella said:
"There are limitless stories to tell with a character like Sonic the Hedgehog, and a built-in international fan base. Along with our wonderful creative partners at Marza, we're looking to capture everything that generations of fans know and love about Sonic while also growing his audience wider than ever before."
And obviously there is no way to confirm it, but it is possible that while brainstorming a Sonic the Hedgehog film, those involved said:
Movie Person #1: So, what movie should we do next?
Movie Person #2: Hmm. Can Pringles be a movie?
Movie Person #3: I'm hungry for lunch.
Movie Person #1: Pringles is a great idea, let's put it up on the board and keep brainstorming.
Movie Person #2: Sonic?
Movie Person #1: The hedgehog or the drive-in chain?
Movie Person #2: Whatever.
Movie Person #3: Let's go to lunch.