3 Oct – Fans' favourite blue hedgehog has found new life at Paramount Pictures.
The Hollywood Reporter brought words that Paramount now has the movie rights to the popular SEGA video game franchise "Sonic the Hedgehog", after being placed in turnaround by Sony Entertainment.
Most of the team, which was attached to develop the adaptation under Sony, is still on board with "Fast and Furious" franchise producer Neal H. Moritz producing under his Original Film banner.
"Deadpool" director Tim Miller, who boarded the project a year ago, will continue as executive producer.
Miller's longtime Blur Studio collaborator Jeff Fowler will make his feature directorial debut with the film. He had previously written and directed "Gopher Broke", the 2005 Academy Award-nominated animated short that Miller also executive-produced.
Launched in 1991, the Sonic game is responsible for putting Sega on the map and now still stands as one of the bestselling video game franchises of all time.
Centring on Sonic and his friends, the "Sonic the Hedgehog" game involves them running around collecting items and points in attempt to hinder the evil plans of Doctor Eggman Robotnik.
This will marks Sonic's first movie adaptation and Paramount has revealed plan on making it a combination of live-action and CGI animation.
News of the big screen adaptation was first brought to the public's attention in 2014, however, to date, there is still no word on the plot and whether the titular speedster will be joined by his regular buddies.