Do not adjust your eyeballs friends because you have indeed read correctly, the Blue Blur is heading to the big screen. After some speculation towards the end of last year, it would seem that Sony and Marza Animation Planet are indeed in collaboration to produce a live-action/computer-animated hyrbid film based on the franchise we all know and love…and hate sometimes…damn underwater levels.
The film will be produced by Neal Moritz, who worked on the Fast & Furious franchise, whilst the screenplay will be written by Evan Susser and Van Robichaux, both former members of the Upright Citizens Brigade sketch comedy troupe. Takeshi Ito and Mie Onishi from Marza are also serving as producers and Toby Ascher is serving as executive producer. Though there may be some doubts emerging over the shift to a hybrid style, the animation is being handled by Marza, who have worked on the CGI in a number of past Sonic the Hedgehog titles. The company also produced the visual spectacle that was Space Pirate Captain Harlock, which despite mixed reviews was nominated for the Japan Academy Prize for Animation for the Year. So you know they’ve got the skills to make this film look good.
Though no details regarding the film have been released in this early stage, I think it’s pretty safe to assume that we’ll see the core cast of the franchise make the transition into the realm of feature films. Will this be yet another fun loving Sonic adventure full of quips and rings, or will the filmmakers decide to do one of those gritty reboots that seem to be so popular nowadays? Most assuredly not, but it sure is fun to think about.