Sony and producer Neal Moritz are bringing the famous Sega video game series Sonic the Hedgehog to the big screen.
The studio is teaming with Japan-based CGI studio Marza Animation Planet, a division of the Sega Sammy Group, to make a hybrid computer-animated/live-action film. Evan Susser and Van Robichaux of improve comedy group Upright Citizens Brigade are writing the screenplay. Moritz is producing through his Original Film banner alongside Marza’s Takeshi Ito and Mie Onishi, with Toby Ascher as executive producer.
The film will, according to The Hollywood Reporter, also “feature some of the franchise’s favourite characters”, but apart from Doctor Eggman/Robotnik, no further characters have been announced so far.
Since 1991 Sega’s flagship Sonic franchise has been one of the world’s biggest gaming phenomena, with more than 140 million games sold.