Without a doubt, Sonic the Hedgehog is one of the most iconic and enduring properties to ever exist within the history of the video game industry, as the Blue Blur is typically the first thing fans think of when they realize that they “gotta go fast.” So, considering Sonic the Hedgehog‘s popularity, it makes sense that a feature-length film for the spunky protagonist is in the works, but Sony Pictures is no longer attached to the project, as the American studio Paramount Pictures has officially received the movie rights to the franchise.

As it so happens, Paramount was able to acquire the film rights for Sonic the Hedgehog after Sony Pictures let theirs lapse well after the project’s initial announcement way back in the year 2014. Despite this, however, much of the team that was developing it at Sony remains, with Deadpool director Tim Miller executive producing while his longtime Blur Studio collaborator Jeff Fowler is to make his feature directorial debut on the film.

As far as the rest of the creators of the Sonic the Hedgehog movie are concerned, Miller and Fowler will be joined alongside the likes of the Fast & Furious producer Neil H. Moritz. Also executive producing will be Toby Ascher, while Dmitri Johnson and Dan Jevons are to serve as co-producers. Additionally, it was being written by Evan Susser and Van Robichaux of Upright Citizens Brigade fame while Sony had the film rights, and IMDB still has the duo listed in the writing credits among others, so it’s quite possible they’re still attached to the project in some capacity.

For those unaware, the Sonic the Hedgehog movie was initially slated for a 2018 release after Sammy Corporation founder and SEGA boss Hajime Satomi told fans to expect the film to release in theaters during 2018. Of course, with this year starting to come to a close and with the project now listed as being in pre-production, it makes sense to expect its theatrical release sometime in 2019.

Taking all of this into account, with Paramount planning to have its Sonic the Hedgehog movie blend live action with CGI animation, it’s obvious that a lot of work will need to be put into the project in order for such visuals to look seamless, so some delays in production might even be on the way. Should that be the case, though, fans can at least bide their time with Sonic Mania, which happens to be the highest rated game in the franchise in over a decade.

The Sonic the Hedgehog movie has just entered pre-production, and has yet to receive an official release date.

Source: IMDB, Variety