It’s been more than two years since it was announced that a live action/CG animation hybrid Sonic movie is being made. However, it wasn’t until today that we got to hear about who is making the film. So now that we know some details, let’s take a look at who the folks making this thing are:
Jeff Fowler from Blur Studio is directing the movie. While it’s not known which in particular were directed by him, he has worked on various CG cutscenes and trailers for video games. He also wrote and directed the short Gopher Broke back in 2004, and wrote the 2006 short A Gentlemen’s Duel. He has also been working on an animated adaptation of David Fincher’s The Goon.
When you want to be kept up to date on the latest Sonic news, it’s pretty likely that you’ll look for it on some Sonic fansite. Not this one obviously, we do a pretty poor job at reporting all the news about the franchise on time. But general video game/entertainment websites, where the normal people get their news, tend to not care all that much about the franchise.
Not that I can blame them. Like the writers often like to say at the start of their Sonic articles, the modern games don’t exactly have the best reputation. Especially now with Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric and Sonic Runners being the most recent games in people’s memory. Those games are so bad that our wiki editors haven’t bothered to add much info about them on our site. But that’s not really an excuse for misreporting news, like a bunch of site writers did today.
So the news in question here is pretty simple: Hajime Satomi said in an interview with The Worldfolio that the Sonic movie that was announced a couple of years ago is scheduled for release in 2018. No other details, pretty simple, it’s something we’d mention in a Retro Digest article at most. It should be pretty hard to mess this up, right? Well…
Yup, you read the title right. Sony is teaming up with SEGA and Marza Animation Planet to make a Sonic movie that’s a CG animation and live-action hybrid. Produced by Neal Moritz at Sony’s side, Takeshi Ito and Mie Onishi at Marza’s side. Writers Evan Susser and Van Robichaux are the screenwriters.
The movie will focus on Sonic’s rivalry with his villains, including Dr. Eggman. Nothing else has been revealed at this time aside from Sony Pictures and Marza Animation Planet presidents saying the obligatory “we are excited about this thing”. Marza is the studio that does the CG openings of Sonic games, they made the entertaining Night of the Werehog short as well.
[Source: Hollywood Reporter]