Well, Now Sonic the Hedgehog Is Getting His Own Movie Franchise

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In the good old days of Hollywood (which always kind of seemed like the cruddy old days, but we digress), film fans grew accustomed to the notion that there was a certain bar that intellectual properties needed to clear before they were considered worthy of film adaptation. But those days are done, friends, and in the new Hollywood, anything that has even the slightest bit of brand recognition is fair game. The franchise is king, and all of our moviegoing dollars are merely ducats in his bottomless bucket of sequels, spinoffs, and reboots.

To wit: Deadline reports that Sony is finally getting around to pulling the trigger on a movie based on Sega's long-running Sonic the Hedgehog franchise -- the speedy, spiky-haired character who's starred in a seemingly endless series of games for the developer since making his debut in 1991.

Of course, this is far from the first Sonic spinoff -- he's also starred in his own comics and animated series -- but Sony's plans are altogether more ambitious. For starters, the studio means to mount a live-action/CG hybrid adaptation; more importantly, they've already got an eye toward releasing one movie per year. The plot, such as it is, will reportedly focus on "Sonic’s rivalry with characters from the vidgame, including his evil nemesis Dr. Eggman. Sonic uses his stature as world’s fastest hedgehog to move at supersonic speed to protect his friends from their enemies."

Franchises have been strung together from flimsier bits, but (annual!) franchise talk still feels awfully craven considering the fact that the studio hasn't finished rolling a single frame of film yet. Sony Pictures production president Hannah Minghella assures us they know what they're doing, however: "There are limitless stories to tell with a character like Sonic the Hedgehog, and a built-in international fan base. Along with our wonderful creative partners at Marza, we’re looking to capture everything that generations of fans know and love about Sonic while also growing his audience wider than ever before."

To that end, the studio has hired Evan Susser and Van Robichaux, Black List screenwriters who somehow keep getting roped into trying to adapt glum-looking properties (one of their previous credits includes taking a pass at the script for the hopefully dead Jetsons movie), and retained the services of uber-producer Neal H. Moritz. We still think it's well worth hanging onto a healthy amount of cynicism regarding this project, but hey -- we probably said the same thing when 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie were announced, so you never know.

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