It seems that we will soon be seeing Sonic on the big screen.

Sonic the Hedgehog is perhaps one of the world’s biggest games, with sales grossing over $1 billion, putting the character’s value in the same league as Hollywood stars like Tom Cruise and Dwayne Johnson. And, looking to capitalise further on the speedster’s international success, Paramount Pictures has announced that they have secured the rights to produce a Sonic the Hedgehog movie.

Appearing first on Sega’s Gensis video game console in 1991, Sonic’s popularity has skyrocketed, with the character becoming the face of the international company. And while rival, Mario had his own big screen break-out in 1993, Sega’s own has been waiting 26 years for his own (kind of live-action) movie.

Before Paramount acquired the rights, a Sonic movie had been in the works over at Sony Pictures. The plan was to create a hybrid live-action/animated feature, similar to the style of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? with Tim Miller, director of Deadpool as producer, Jeff Fowler directing, and Josh Miller and Patrick Casey writing the screenplay.

However, producer of 22 Jump Street, Neal H. Moritz was overseeing the Sonic movie when he was working at Sony – and when he left Sony for Paramount, his first order of business was to secure the rights to Sonic the Hedgehog for this production company. Which is a pretty badass move.

The plan while Sonic was at Sony was to churn out at least one new movie for the franchise each year. The description of the series, according to Deadline was: “[The] Pic will focus on Sonic’s rivalry with characters from the video game, including his evil nemesis Dr. Eggman. Sonic uses his stature as world’s fastest hedgehog to move at supersonic speed to protect his friends from their enemies.”

While the promise of a Sonic movie is certainly exciting for fans, we can’t ignore the fact that great video game movies are few and far between, so it remains to be seen whether this Sonic the Hedgehog movie will follow in the same way, or show itself to be an exception.

Sonic the Hedgehog is scheduled for release in 2019.

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