First confirmed in 2014, it was announced that Sony Pictures would collaborate with Sega Sammy and Marza Animation Planet to produce a CGI/live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie, which is currently scheduled for a 2018 premiere. While very little is known about the movie, word dropped via the Hollywood Reporter that Deadpool director Tim Miller has signed on as its executive producer.
This comes after the news last week that Miller has amicably stepped down from directing the Deadpool sequel over creative differences with Ryan Reynolds. Miller will also be collaborating with longtime Blur Studio coworker Jeff Fowler, who will be making his directorial with the Sonic movie, with Fast and Furious and 21 Jump Street producer Neal H. Moritz producing the film as well.
Moritz is one of several producers on board the project, which also includes Takeshi Ito and Mie Onishi from Marza, the same studio that handles CG cutscenes for many of SEGA’s games (from Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity onward for the franchise). Marza also collaborated with Toei Animation to animate the Space Pirate Captain Harlock movie, as well as Capcom for the upcoming Resident Evil: Vendetta. Dmitri Johnson and Dan Jevons of DJ2 Entertainment are also on board as co-producers, with Toby Ascher joining as another executive producer.
Josh Miller—known as the creator Golan the Insatiable and executive producer for the Oscar award-winning short Gopher Broke (which Fowler wrote and directed)—and Patrick Casey are confirmed as the family film’s writers, seemingly replacing Evan Susser and Van Robicheaux for the roles. Andrea Giannetti is still on board as overseer for Sony Pictures Entertainment.
If you’d like to know more about the filmographies of those confirmed to be working on the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, you can check out TimmiT’s roundup post over at Sonic Retro for more information!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter