Picture me, whiling away my childhood in front of my Sega Mega Drive. My eager not-yet-world-weary eyes glued to the exploits of one Sonic the Hedgehog.
Picture me, recoiling in disgust as my childhood friend went from an edgy, Dennis-the-Menace badass to a skinny, sexed up cartoonish racer-boy to be wh***d out for Sega's delight over the next couple of decades.
Picture all of us, rejoicing in delight as Sony confirms that finally, FINALLY they are developing a major motion picture based on classic Sonic the Hedgehog.
The Wrap is reporting:
Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marza Animation Planet have teamed to develop a hybrid CG-animated/live-action feature film based on the popular “Sonic the Hedgehog” video game series.
The movie will be written by Evan Susser and Van Robichaux and produced by Neal H. Moritz through his Original Film banner, along with Marza's Takeshi Ito and Mie Onishi. Toby Ascher will serve as an executive producer, while Dmitri Johnson and Dan Jevons will be involved as co-producers.
Columbia pictures' production president Hannah Minghella said:
There are limitless stories to tell with a character like Sonic the Hedgehog, and a built-in international fan base. 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.
Sure it will probably feature Neil Patrick Harris goofing around NYC with Sonic & Tails. Sure it will probably feature a grumpy Knuckles where he should be a straight out antagonist... but I can deal with that.
Because for one brief shining moment, Sonic could be mine again. Only because instead of being caught in an endless loop of franchisable sequels, [Sonic the Hedgehog](movie:1496040) feels again like that freewheeling agent who could go absolutely anywhere in a world of endless possibilities.
Let me dream for a little while longer.