Billion-Dollar Video Game Franchise Being Made Into a Major Motion Picture
Can you guess which billion-dollar video game franchise will soon hit the silver screen? Hint: It's already been used as the basis of multiple TV series.
The answer is "Sonic the Hedgehog,"
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony is "teaming with Japan-based production company Marza Animation Planet, a division of the Sega Sammy Group, to make a hybrid computer-animated/live-action feature" based on the "Sonic the Hedgehog" video game series.
The story adds, "For more than two decades, the billion-dollar Sonic franchise has been one of the world’s biggest gaming phenomena, with more than 140 million games sold.
" 'There are limitless stories to tell with a character like Sonic the Hedgehog and a built-in international fan base,' Columbia Pictures president of production Hannah Minghella said. '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.'"
The article notes: "Upright Citizens Brigade alums Evan Susser and Van Robichaux are writing the screenplay, which will follow the antics of Sonic, the world's fastest hedgehog. The film will also feature some of the franchise's favorite characters including the evil Dr. Eggman."
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