Sonic the Hedgehog (film)

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Sonic the Hedgehog
Directed by Jeff Fowler
Produced by Neal H. Moritz
Takeshi Ito
Mie Onishi
Screenplay by Patrick Casey
Josh Miller
Oren Uziel
Story by Van Robichaux
Evan Susser
Based on Sonic the Hedgehog
by Sega
Sonic Team
Yuji Naka
Naoto Ohshima
Hirokazu Yasuhara
Starring
Cinematography Stephen F. Windon
Edited by Stacey Schroeder
Production
companies
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • November 8, 2019 (2019-11-08)
Country United States
Japan
Language English
Budget $90 million

Sonic the Hedgehog is an upcoming 2019 American live-action animated film based on the Sonic the Hedgehog video game series created by Sega. It is written by Patrick Casey, Josh Miller and Oren Uziel, and the directorial debut of Jeff Fowler. The film stars Ben Schwartz as Sonic the Hedgehog, and Jim Carrey as Sonic's nemesis Dr. Eggman, alongside James Marsden as Tom Wackhowski, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Adam Pally, and Neal McDonough. It is scheduled for release in the United States on November 8, 2019 by Paramount Pictures.

Synopsis[edit]

The small town of Green Hills joins forces with a sheriff named Tom Wachowski, on a journey to San Francisco in their efforts to assist Sonic, a blue anthropomorphic hedgehog, and help him battle against the evil Dr. Eggman to recover his rings, while the government is trying to catch Sonic at the same time.[2][3]

Cast[edit]

Live-action[edit]

Voices[edit]

  • Ben Schwartz as Sonic, an anthropomorphic "juvenile delinquent" blue hedgehog who can run at super-sonic speeds and is on the run from the government.[7][8]

Unknown[edit]

Additionally, Adam Pally, Natasha Rothwell and Neal McDonough have been cast in undisclosed roles.[9][10][11][12]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Sony Pictures Entertainment acquired the rights to distribute a film based on Sonic the Hedgehog in 2013.[13] On June 10, 2014, a live-action animated film based on Sonic the Hedgehog was announced as a joint venture between Sony Pictures and Marza Animation Planet.[14] It would be produced by Neal H. Moritz by his Original Film banner alongside Takeshi Ito and Mie Onishi, and written by Evan Susser and Van Robichaux.[14] In February 2016, Sega CEO Hajime Satomi stated the film was scheduled for 2018.[15] Blur Studio's Tim Miller and Jeff Fowler were hired in 2016 to develop the film; Fowler would make his directorial debut, and both Miller and Fowler would executive produce.[16] Patrick Casey and Josh Miller were writing the screenplay.[16] In October 2017, Paramount Pictures announced that they had acquired the rights after Sony put the film into turnaround. However, most of the production team remained unchanged.[17] In February 2018, it was announced that the movie would have a November 2019 release.[18]

Casting[edit]

On May 29, 2018, it was reported that Paul Rudd was in talks for a lead role as Tom, "a cop who befriends Sonic and will likely team up to defeat Dr. Eggman".[19] A day later, it was announced that James Marsden was cast in an undisclosed role, but later revealed to be Tom Wachowski.[4] In June 2018, Tika Sumpter was cast in the film for an unknown role[20] and Jim Carrey was cast to play the villain, Doctor Eggman.[6] In August 2018, Ben Schwartz joined the cast of the film voicing the titular character.[21] A few days later, Adam Pally and Neal McDonough were cast.[22]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography commenced on July 30, 2018 in Vancouver, British Columbia, and is set to continue until September 30, 2018. The film was shot under the working title Casino Night, a reference to the level in Sonic the Hedgehog 2.[23] Filming will also be taking place in Ladysmith, on Vancouver Island, from September 14th through to September 20th, 2018.[24]

Release[edit]

Sonic the Hedgehog was originally slated for a 2018 release by Sony Pictures.[15] But after the turnaround, it is now scheduled to be released in the United States on November 8, 2019 by Paramount Pictures,[25] being pushed up from its original release of November 15.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DJ2 Entertainment". Retrieved August 27, 2018. 
  2. ^ Gregory, Mike (June 14, 2018). "Paramount budgets $7M for Sonic the Hedgehog movie shoot in 'hero town' Ladysmith". Vancouver Island Free Daily. Retrieved August 8, 2018. 
  3. ^ Sneider, Jeff (August 9, 2018). "Exclusive: 'Sonic the Hedgehog' Movie Adds MCU Veterans Adam Pally, Neal McDonough". Collider. Retrieved August 10, 2018. 
  4. ^ a b Kroll, Justin (May 30, 2018). "James Marsden to Star in 'Sonic the Hedgehog' Movie (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved May 31, 2018. 
  5. ^ Kroll, Justin (July 7, 2018). "Tika Sumpter Lands Female Lead in 'Sonic the Hedgehog' Movie (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved August 12, 2018. 
  6. ^ a b Fleming Jr, Mike (June 29, 2018). "Jim Carrey To Play 'Sonic The Hedgehog' Villain Robotnik". Deadline. Retrieved July 1, 2018. 
  7. ^ https://deadline.com/2018/06/jim-gianopulos-paramount-sonic-the-hedgehog-produced-by-conference-1202406289/
  8. ^ Gregory, Mike (June 14, 2018). "Paramount budgets $7M for Sonic the Hedgehog movie shoot in 'hero town' Ladysmith". Vancouver Island Free Daily. Retrieved August 26, 2018. 
  9. ^ Sneider, Jeff (August 9, 2018). "Exclusive: 'Sonic the Hedgehog' Movie Adds MCU Veterans Adam Pally, Neal McDonough". Collider. Retrieved August 9, 2018. 
  10. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (July 24, 2018). "'Insecure's Natasha Rothwell Joins 'Wonder Woman 1984'". Deadline. Retrieved August 12, 2018. Upcoming for Rothwell: She booked a role in Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog... 
  11. ^ "The Sonic the Hedgehog movie finds its voice | Attack of the Fanboy". Attack of the Fanboy. 2018-08-09. Retrieved 2018-08-14. 
  12. ^ "Ben Schwartz Has Run Towards The Call For 'Sonic The Hedgehog'". sciencefiction.com. Retrieved 2018-08-14. 
  13. ^ Bui, Hoai-Tran (October 3, 2017). "Live-Action Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Is Speeding into Development". SlashFilm. Retrieved May 17, 2018. 
  14. ^ a b Siegel, Tatiana (June 10, 2014). "'Sonic the Hedgehog' Movie in the Works at Sony". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 10, 2016. 
  15. ^ a b Loughrey, Clarisse (February 11, 2016). "Sonic the Hedgehog movie confirmed for 2018, will be 'a live-action and animation hybrid'". Independent. Retrieved August 3, 2018. 
  16. ^ a b Kit, Borys (October 31, 2016). "'Deadpool' Director Shifts to Sony's 'Sonic the Hedgehog' Movie (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 2, 2016. 
  17. ^ Kit, Borys (June 21, 2017). "'Sonic the Hedgehog' Movie Races to Paramount (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 2, 2017. 
  18. ^ Frank, Allegra (February 22, 2018). "Sonic the Hedgehog film dated for November 2019 (update)". Polygon. Retrieved August 3, 2018. 
  19. ^ Raymond, Nicholas (May 29, 2018). "Paul Rudd Eyed For Lead Role In Sonic the Hedgehog Film [Updated]". Screen Rant. Retrieved May 29, 2018. 
  20. ^ Kroll, Justin (June 7, 2018). "Tika Sumpter Lands Female Lead in 'Sonic the Hedgehog' Movie (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved June 8, 2018. 
  21. ^ Kroll, Justin (August 9, 2018). "Ben Scwhartz to Voice 'Sonic the Hedgehog' in Upcoming Movie (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved August 9, 2018. 
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  23. ^ SSF1991 (July 14, 2018). "New Sonic Movie Logo & "Casino Night" Alternative Title Discovered, "Hedgehog Films Inc." Helping With Production". TSSZ News. Retrieved July 30, 2018. 
  24. ^ Gregory, Mike (June 14, 2018). "Paramount budgets $7M for Sonic the Hedgehog movie shoot in 'hero town' Ladysmith". Vancouver Island Free Daily. Retrieved August 24, 2018. 
  25. ^ D’Alessandro, Anthony (August 29, 2018). "'Top Gun: Maverick' Flies To Summer 2020 With 'A Quiet Place' Sequel & More: Paramount Release Date Changes". Deadline.com. Retrieved August 29, 2018. 
  26. ^ Couch, Aaron (February 21, 2018). "'Sonic the Hedgehog' Movie Sets 2019 Release Date". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 21, 2018. 

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