SEGA today announced that they have reached an agreement with Paramount Pictures to co-produce a Sonic the Hedgehog feature film, set for theatrical release beginning in the United States on 15 November, 2019, then rolling out internationally to markets around the world.
This move represents the next step in the expansion of the Sonic the Hedgehog IP, bringing the character to new audiences globally. SEGA has been working to expand this character beyond the video game market to become an entertainment franchise. With Sonic having appeared as an animated character on television, consumer products, console and mobile games lately.
“I am very honored that our companies, SEGA and MARZA, have this incredible opportunity to partner with Paramount Pictures for this production, which will bring Sonic to the big screen for the first time. Since he was first introduced to the world 26 years ago, Sonic has continued to grow in popularity as part of our core strategy to focus on video games. In addition to video games, this provides SEGA with a fantastic opportunity to share Sonic with everyone and we can’t wait to reveal more to eager audiences in the future,”
– SEGA Holdings Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Haruki Satomi.
The film has signed on notable industry veterans including:
- Producer Neal H. Moritz from Original Film Inc. (“Fast and Furious” series)
- Director Jeff Fowler (Blur Studio, Academy Award® nominee for 2005 Best Animated Short Film “Gopher Broke.”)
- Executive producer Tim Miller (director of the Marvel/Fox feature “Deadpool” and owner of animation and CG production company Blur Studio)
Source: Mi5 Communications press email