Sony’s Sonic Movie Delayed To 2018

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Hajime Satomi, President and CEO of SEGA Sammy Holdings, may have just dropped word that Sony Pictures’ upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie has been pushed back to 2018.

In an interview with The Worldfolio, Satomi speaks of the future entertainment prospects and strategies of the company, where he briefly touches upon the upcoming feature film. This is the first time there’s been official word on its progress since the reveal two years ago.

On the innovation angle, what kind of next-generation concepts are Sega Sammy working on?

Sega Sammy Group is currently planning with Sony Pictures to create a live-action and animation hybrid “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie scheduled for release in 2018. Like with this CG animation production, we would like to expand our business into other entertainment areas beyond what we are currently involved.

Announced in 2014, the movie is envisioned as a live action/animated hybrid, similar to other popular cinematic reimaginings of classic franchises such as “The Smurfs” or “Alvin and the Chipmunks”. Animation will be supplied by Marza Animation Planet, who have provided various CG opening for Sonic and other SEGA franchises in the past.

Source: The Worldfolio

Sega To Make More CG Movies

In what appears to be good news for Sega fans who enjoyed Sonic’s GC short “Night Of The Werehog”, Sega recently announced they have created an entire subsidiary designed to create more CG movies. Dubbed “Sega Sammy Visual Holdings” and reportedly set up back on June 1st 2009 the group has the lofty aim of becoming “the number one family-oriented animation studio in the Asia-Pacific region within five years.”, or so Sega’s own industry news paper FunBiz reports on page four.

Existing IP’s are ripe for the picking and considering the popularity of Sonic’s last CG outing it would be no surprise to see the blue blur starring in a similar role sometime soon. The group will be creating “The Best Stories for children Around the World,” so that could rule out a Bayonetta animated short, alas.

So with Sega creating new CG movies what scenarios would you like to see Sonic & friends in and what other Sega IP’s would you like to see get the movie treatment? Let us know in the comments below.

Thanks to Sega Nerds for the heads up.