We’ve gobbled up some interesting casting coins about Paramount’s upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog live action/animated movie, but not much else. Now, thanks to studio head Jim Gianopulos, we at least know that the titular hedgehog is going to be a prickly adolescent punk.
Earlier this month, at the 10th annual PGA Produced By conference, the Paramount chairman and CEO sat down for a Q&A with super producer Neal Moritz, whose new production deal with the studio just so happens to kick off with the Sonic the Hedgehog film (which he’s co-producing with Deadpool director Tim Miller). Among other topics, the two got to talking about what Gianopulos looks for when greenlighting movies, which basically boils down to “uniqueness, audience, and marketing” followed by “economics” (via Deadline).
For an example, Moritz told the audience how he sold Gianopulos on the idea of a Sonic movie, even though video game flicks can be a hard sell. Moritz had a short clip made, which showed off the tone and theme of the film, and it was enough to get the studio head to bite.
“He’s a juvenile delinquent on the adventures in a pretty straight rural environment with a local policeman. It was instantly engaging and it was good enough where you could see where it’s going,” said Gianopulos.
As the producer behind Fast and The Furious (and many of our favorite genre titles too, including Preacher, Happy!, and Total Recall) Moritz knows a thing or two about chase sequences, so it makes sense that he would be the steering this production, which will undoubtedly find Sonic outrunning that local policeman throughout the course of many action set pieces.
Will James Marsden be playing the Smokey to Sonic’s Bandit in director Jeff Fowler’s first feature? Or will he be “the evil Dr. Eggman” we learn about from the film’s logline, whom Sonic and his friends must defeat? We don’t know, but we do know that Bandit will be a hedgehog with a delinquent’s edge... an edgehog, if you will.
What do you think? Does that sound like something to build a movie around? We shall see when Sonic the Hedgehog whirls into theaters Nov. 15, 2019.