'Sonic the Hedgehog' Movie the Works

Sony Pictures Animation and producer Neal H. Moritz are bringing the popular Sega Genesis game “Sonic the Hedgehog” to the bigscreen.

Moritz will produce the live-action hybrid through his Original Film banner along with Takeshi Ito and Mie Onishi of Marza Animation Planet, Sega’s CG animation film company. Toby Ascher will serve as an executive producer.

The script will be written by Evan Susser and Van Robichaux.

With more than 140 million games sold worldwide, the “Sonic” videogame franchise has earned over $1 billion for Sega. It tells the story of the world’s fastest hedgehog, whose peaceful life is often interrupted by the series’s main antagonist, Doctor Eggman.

Hannah Minghella and Andrea Giannetti will oversee the project, which doesn’t have a release date as yet, for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

“There are limitless stories to tell with a character like Sonic the Hedgehog, and a built-in international fanbase,” Minghella said in a statement. “Along with our wonderful creative partners at Marza, we’re looking to capture everything that generations of fans know and love about Sonic while also growing his audience wider than ever before.”

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