A few weeks ago we were contacted by an individual who claimed to be involved with a “Project at Sony Pictures.” After a number of emails back and forth, a skype conversation and several identity verifications, we then asked him to send us what he had… today a script arrived.
The script appears to be a Final Draft for the much rumoured Sonic the Hedgehog movie. From reading the first few pages, it appears to be a live action movie with CG elements. Aside from Eggman’s Badniks, Sonic appears to be the only CG character in the film. From reading the script the plot appears to be very dark and gritty with some bits of humour thrown in.
The script itself is heavily annotated with notes from someone who appears to be involved with the production behind the scenes production. Other than Brad Bird & Phil Johnston, no one else is mentioned.
However, the annotations do repeatedly mention that a “Mr Bay should/to confirm.” Suggesting someone very high up in the films direction has the surname Mr Bay… draw your own conclusions.
Now for some plot details, some of you will not be happy. But please remain open minded.
Dr Eggman is an alien who invades the earth with his army of robots. Earth’s military forces are quickly defeated, Eggman now rules the entire world in a brutal and oppressive dictatorship. Those who disobey him are sent to be Roboticized.
In order to turn the fight, the humans initiate ‘Project Sonic,’ Sonic is a genetically modified/enhanced creature who is a combination of various animal DNA, which means he is able to travel at super sonic speeds and curl up into a near indestructible ball capable of shattering Eggman’s robots.
Due to Sonic’s lack of experience, the leader of the military instructs a young teenage boy named ‘Miles Prower,’ to take him on some less dangerous missions in order to prepare Sonic for his purpose, that being to take out the heart of the Eggman Empire. However, during a mission debrief, Sonic & Miles discover that Eggman is building a secret weapon of mass destruction called ‘The Death Egg’ and it’s powered by something called ‘Chaos Radiation.’ Fearing this weapon could make him invincible, Sonic & Miles head out to try and destroy it before it can come operational in less than 3 days time.
The rest of the film appears to be more or less Sonic & Miles trying to get from New York City to Cape Canaveral in order to prevent Eggman from launching the Death Egg. On the way they have to deal with/avoid Eggman’s patrols and having to face the choice of ‘saving the few, or saving the many?’
There are a few controversial moments such as Eggman roboticizing people and destroying a dam flooding a populated village below because ‘he wanted to make a splash.’ There’s another scene in which Miles tells Sonic not to save someone because if they’re caught Eggman will know where they are and they won’t reach the Death Egg in time.
However, those aren’t the only controversial moments, here are a few stand-out items I noticed during my read-through.
- Eggman is an alien general who has invaded earth with his army of robots.
- He has to wear sunglasses because the light from the Earth’s Sun is too bright for his eyes.
- Sonic is a genetically modified/enhanced weapon.
- Tails is actually a young teenage boy named Miles Prower. He is nicknamed ‘Tales’ by the older pilots who live on the base with him due to the number of elaborate stories he tells.
- Amy Rose is a human researcher/doctor, she and Sonic have scenes in which there is flirting.
- Lots of explosions, collapsing buildings, destruction is very high.
- The final battle involves The Death Egg battling a huge air armada of fighter planes as Sonic & Miles attempt to destroy it’s power source from the inside.
- There are constant mentions in the annotations of ‘the kids will love this’ and ‘what is cool with kids right now?’
- A Mr Webber is referenced too in an advisory role to the film.
We’ll post a further update at a later time due to the number of pages the script contains. For now, please enjoy some scans taken from the script.
Update: April Fools.
That’s right my friends. And we totally got some of you… we have the comments to prove it. Also some of you have asked ‘why have you not news’d that other Sonic film news which did the rounds the other week?
Well… after barely 2 min of looking into that particular rumour. There was one instant red flag which suggests the site where it originated from made up a ton of information to support a very bare bones rumour.
That red flag? Well, Samuel Dickerman named to be a producer on the film… no longer works as an executive at Columbia.