Sonic the Hedgehog Film Rights Given to Paramount

Paramount Picks up Rights to Sonic the Hedgehog Film

Video gamers are usually not big fans of iconic gaming characters becoming Hollywood film fodders and it remains to be seen how much support the "Sonic the Hedgehog" live-action movie will get.

Moritz will produce the project, with Deadpool director Tim Miller taking up an executive producer role. Toby Ascher will also serve as executive producer, while Dan Jevons and Dmitri Johnson will be co-producers.

According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, Moritz will produce the project, bringing along an extensive resume of production credits that includes the "Fast and the Furious" franchise and 2007's "I Am Legend".

And few things kill any possible optimism for a Sonic film than "live-action/CGI hybrid".

Although the massive global appeal of video-games have raked in huge box-office numbers for movies like the Tomb Raider duology, Mortal Kombat and the Resident Evil series, the cinematic adaptations have never been able to match the source material's critical success. Now, Paramount Pictures has grabbed the rights to the film. Jeff Fowler is scheduled to direct. Sonic the Hedgehog has sold more than 360 million copies, accounting for both retail and digital games, across various consoles and systems.

Sonic the Hedgehog is scheduled for a 2019 release.

The film will have a mix of live action and CGI.

Sonic has starred in a number of animated shows in the past but is still mostly known as a video game character.

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