Ryan Lambie

Oct 3, 2017

Sega's videogame mascot is getting his own movie, with Deadpool's Tim Miller among the producers at Paramount…

Back in the early 1990s, Sonic the Hedgehog was a videogame hero big enough to be considered a viable rival to Nintendo’s unassailable Super Mario. The blue mammal’s debut game, a platformer with an eye-catching turn of speed, was a stark contrast to the measured pace of Mario’s adventures, turning Sega’s console, the Mega Drive (or Genesis in the US) a trendy alternative to Nintendo’s system, the Super NES.

All that may be decades ago now, but there’s still a huge nostalgia for that era, its consoles and Sonic in his heyday – which explains why Paramount Pictures, along with producer Neal H Moritz, has picked up the rights to make a Sonic the Hedgehog movie from Sega.

Shelved after years in development at Sony, Moritz has now found a new home for the Sonic movie project at Paramount, where he’s serving as executive producer alongside Deadpool director Tim Miller. According to the Hollywood Reporter, their movie will be a mixture of live action and CGI, with director Jeff Fowler making his feature debut.

It may be a long time since the days of Sonic mania in 1990, but with the Blue Blur still a source of fond memories for a generation of gamers, maybe Paramount’s movies will recapture some of his 16-bit era magic.

More news on this as we get it.