According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Pictures has secured the film rights to the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie adaptation. Deadpool director Tim Miller is reportedly still attached as a producer on the project, which hails from Neal H. Moritz's Original Film banner and Sony Entertainment.
Jeff Fowler, a freshman filmmaker, will make his directorial debut with the Sonic film. The film will blend live-action and CGI animation, bringing Sonic the Hedgehog to North American cinemas for the first time ever (if you don't count Wreck-It Ralph).
“Jeff is an incredible director with strong story instincts,” Miller said in a statement upon Fowler's hiring. “The world of Sonic presents the perfect opportunity for him to leverage his experience in animation to bring new dimension to this iconic character.”
Having originated as a video game character in 1991 that eventually became SEGA's mascot, Sonic the Hedgehog has appeared in several animated series and comic book tie-ins, initially published by Archie Comics. Earlier this year, SEGA struck a deal with IDW to publish Sonic comics in 2018 and beyond.
From a script by Patrick Casey and Josh Miller and directed by Jeff Fowler, Paramount Pictures' Sonic the Hedgehog film hasn't been given a release date.