Based on the Sega video game franchise launched in 1991, the project was originally in the works at Sony, but the studio let their film rights lapse.
Paramount scooped up the rights and brought Neal H. Moritz on board to produce the film under his Original Film banner. “Deadpool” director Tim Miller will serve as executive producer, along with Toby Ascher.
“The series is based on an anthropomorphic blue hedgehog named Sonic, whose peaceful life is often interrupted by the series’ main antagonist, Dr. Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik. Typically, Sonic—usually along with some of his friends, such as Tails, Amy, and Knuckles—must stop Eggman and foil any plans of world domination.”
Outside of video games, the franchise has also been spun out into other media, including cartoons, anime, and a long-running comic book series, recognized as the longest running based on a video game by Guinness World Records.
The film, which will be a combination of live-action and CGI animation, will be the first time Sonic has ever been adapted for the big screen.
The movie is scheduled to premiere in 2019.