Woaaaaah my head’s spinning!
What do you imagine a decent Sonic the Hedgehog film would look like? Fully animated, being able to properly utilise the many colourful and fantastic locations the games are known for? Maybe even a feature-length version of the frankly pretty brilliant Sonic Boom TV show?
Because no matter what you think, I can almost guarantee you that you’re not thinking of a live action-meets-animated mashup. That’d be a silly idea, right? We’ve seen fan videos try it before and… well… the less said about that the better. Seemingly nobody told Sega Sammy, however, as it’s exactly what’s coming in 2018.
In an interview with The World Folio, President and CEO of Sega Sammy Holdings Hajime Satomi confirmed that we’ll be seeing a feature-length Sonic movie in 2018, to be produced by Sony. It’ll combine live-action footage with animated elements, presumably meaning Sonic and friends having their adventures in ‘the real world’:
Sega Sammy Group is currently planning with Sony Pictures to create a live-action and animation hybrid “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie scheduled for release in 2018. Like with this CG animation production, we would like to expand our business into other entertainment areas beyond what we are currently involved.
Now I might be being a bit too hard on this. After all, Sony’s got some pedigree with animated films with stuff like Hotel Transylvania and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. I really hope it’s good because I love Sonic the Hedgehog, but I am having flashbacks to the President of the United States having a photo of Sonic and Shadow on his desk in the Oval Office…
Sega’s new era in entertainment [The World Folio]