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Sonic the Hedgehog is a ‘juvenile delinquent’

Paramount CEO Jim Gianopulos says Sonic the Hedgehog will be a “juvenile delinquent” in the upcoming film. Such a move would be a major departure from most depictions of the popular video game character.

In 2016, Sony Pictures announced that they were developing a ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ movie.

However, those plans changed, and in 2017 it was revealed that Paramount Pictures had acquired the rights to the character. A fall 2019 release date was eventually set, with Jeff Fowler directing the film. It will also be executive produced by ‘Deadpool’ director Tim Miller. ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ is expected to begin filming in the summer. The movie will be a mix of CGI animation and live action. That’s all that was known about the upcoming adaptation - until now.

During a Q&A at the 10th Annual Produced By Conference, Gianopulos addressed the fact that film adaptations of video games aren’t usually very successful and explained what sold him on the idea of a ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ movie (via Deadline). ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise producer Neal H. Moritz had pitched the idea to Gianopulos, and he showed the studio executive a short clip to demonstrate the tone of the movie. Apparently, Gianopulos was impressed by what he saw.

Based on Gianopulos’ comments, audiences can infer that he is indeed talking about the plans for the film and not just his interpretation of the character, since he mentions the “local policeman” character, who will be played by ‘Westworld’ and ‘X-Men’ actor James Marsden. The idea of Sonic the Hedgehog being a “juvenile delinquent” suggests that the film is taking the character in a totally different direction than most portrayals of the blue hedgehog that’s appeared in various video games and cartoons. Screen Rant


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