Yes, you read that correctly. In an interview with The World Portfolio, Sega’s (now Sega Sammy Holdings, Inc.) President and CEO Hajime Satomi announced that we’re getting a Sonic movie. And it sounds just as disastrous as you can imagine.
While Sonic Boom is doing relatively well on television, it seems the Sonic the Hedgehog movie isn’t planning to go the route of its animated television brethren. Instead, the movie version of Sonic will be a mix of CG and live-action:
“Sega Sammy Group is currently planning with Sony Pictures to create a live-action and animation hybrid Sonic the Hedgehog movie scheduled for release in 2018. Like with this CG animation production, we would like to expand our business into other entertainment areas beyond what we are currently involved.”
It seems harsh to judge a film that was just announced and has probably yet to even start development, but we have a track record here. Sega has been pimping Sonic out for years now with mediocre project after mediocre project. It’s only fair that we see this 2018 Sonic the Hedgehog film news and fill ourselves with the same dread we’re used to. However, if we get news our new 2018 Sonic is infatuated with chili-dogs – then consider me in.