Right when it looked like Sonic was down for the count, we get a glimmer of hope.
I am, of course, talking about Sonic Mania. But this is cool too, I guess.
That’s right, folks. Paramount has picked up the rights for a Sonic the Hedgehog movie adaptation. Now I know what you are thinking. “It’s a video game movie. That’s an automatic kiss of death.” And… yeah. But most of the recent games have been terrible and that one Sonic cartoon that shall not be named is a complete trainwreck. Then Sega went and got rid of most, if not all of the cannon for the Sonic comics. Look, my point is how much worse could the movie possibly make it?
Sony had the rights for a while, and thank God they decided not to act on it. I know they did good on two Spider-Man movies and they might have been able to do Sonic justice, but they ruined Spider-Man 3 with studio interference. And then the Amazing Spider-Man movies… happened. Obviously, Sony is more than Spider-Man, but that doesn’t exactly inspire one’s faith in their adaptations of geek stuff.
Here’s the cool part. The person producing what may be Sonic’s silver screen debut is none other than Deadpool’s own director, Tim Miller. The director, Jeff Fowler, was part of the animation research and development team for Where the Wild Things Are (2009), and even got a producer credit. If I remember right, that movie was an almost a perfect adaptation of the book too. The interesting thing is that this will end up being Fowler’s directorial debut. It’s kind of following that trend in movies right now where a lot of newer talent is getting work on some huge projects. And sometimes it turns out awesome. Remember, Patty Jenkins wasn’t exactly a household name before Wonder Woman.
The screenplay writer is Patrick Casey who has written comedy for National Lampoon on multiple films. He also has a few horror films under his belt which could be the perfect match for a Sonic movie, or it could lead to one fast disaster. I’ll reserve judgment, for now, but things are looking mostly good.
I’m personally interested in seeing what story they’re going to go with. Could they be trying to go the Sonic X route? Mobius is a post-apocalyptic future Earth, so if Sonic winds up in the modern world, time travel would have to be involved. Which would mean Chaos Control. Or they could go for the darker tone, like that one cartoon no one remembers. Whatever they choose, let’s just hope they do it better than that one Sonic cartoon that shall not be named.
Paramount has yet to provide a release date yet. I’ll keep you updated when more is released. That’s all I have for you today. Thanks for letting me waste your time, people.
Keep It Classy,