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Live-Action Sonic the Hedgehog Movie to be Headed by Deadpool Director

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That live action / hybrid animation Sonic the Hedghog movie is happening whether you like it or not. Now, we’ve learned (via Hollywood Reporter) a certain director has signed onto the project, making things even more interesting.

Deadpool director Tim Miller has signed onto the Sony Pictures-headed project, alongside his longtime Blur Studio collaborator Jeff Fowler. This will be the first time Fowler is in the director’s chair.

Both creators are working in collaboration with Neal H. Moritz (Fast and Furious franchise), who is acting as producer on the adaptation, with Miller as the executive producer. Patrick Casey and Josh Miller (creators of Golan the Insatiable) are writing the script.

The movie is planned as a hybrid live-action/CG animation family film, so unfortunately there won’t be the level of expletives and innuendo seen in the excellent Deadpool film adaptation.

The plan is to make a hybrid CG-animated/live-action family film. Patrick Casey and Josh Miller, who created Golan the Insatiable, are writing the script.

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  1. Keirnoth
    Keirnoth
    November 1, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    But WHY?

  2. SuperDuperSenpai
    SuperDuperSenpai
    November 1, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Might be cool?

  3. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    November 1, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Deadpool was awesome, but the thumbnail is a grim reminder of how wrong things can actually go.

  4. Jason Jackson
    Jason Jackson
    November 1, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    Ryan Reynolds was right.

  5. Minuteworld92
    Minuteworld92
    November 1, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    kill me.

  6. chaoguy
    chaoguy
    November 1, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Would the game VAs even be able to put out a movie-worthy performance?
    Except Mike Pollak (Current Robotnik/Eggman).
    He’s awesome.

  7. RetroGamer
    RetroGamer
    November 1, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Ack! Don’t curse it with that picture!

  8. Spooky Jack
    Spooky Jack
    November 1, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    SAAANIC, WE GOTTA SAVE THE PREEENCESSSS

  9. Guest
    Guest
    November 1, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    How do you even handle something like this? I can only imagine with the people involved they’re going for something like the TMNT or transformers reboots. There’s no way they’re going to shove plain old cg sonic in with fucking… who would even be in this? The Rock? Vin Diesel? Nicholas Cage?

  10. SuperDuperSenpai
    SuperDuperSenpai
    November 1, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    I thought of a couple ways they can go with this.
    “Sonic X” route, where Sonic and Co. end up in “our” world.
    “Space Jam” route, where a normal person ends up in their world.
    Or “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” and everyone coexists with and is perfectly accustomed to a blue anthropomorphic hedgehog fighting a mad scientist.

  11. nine_ball
    nine_ball
    November 1, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    Or “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” and everyone coexists with and is perfectly accustomed to a blue anthropomorphic hedgehog fighting a mad scientist.

    AKA the Sonic Adventure rout.

  12. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    November 1, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    Big money is on the poor mans Chris Rock.

  13. ThatOneGuy
    ThatOneGuy
    November 1, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Ah, so after Ryan Reynolds told him to fuck off, he went straight to the Sonic movie? Interesting.

  14. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    November 1, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    Deadpool was mediocre and I don’t really know much about Golan the Insatiable but the whole thing is under Sony so I don’t see it being anything other than shit with Nickelodeon tier jokes like Nubusters did.

  15. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    November 1, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    This will probably be really fucking stupid but that might just be the key to it being enjoyable.

    In any case it’ll almost guaranteed be better than that fan one from like 2012 or whatever

  16. Eldhin Hellknight
    Eldhin Hellknight
    November 1, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Well… Wow…

  17. Dr. Roswell. W
    Dr. Roswell. W
    November 1, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    Well, this is the second time in a past month that Niche article managed to to leave me dumbstruck.

    Though I noticed this little tidbit:
    >Both creators are working in collaboration with Neal H. Moritz (Fast and Furious franchise), who is acting as producer on the adaptation, with Miller as the executive producer.
    >Fast and Furious
    >Fast
    >Furious

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a89caa5506a307c3d7c9cad63b642430e93fe51a484c45763978325cd8d02596.jpg

    So what, Shadow the Hedgehog is confirmed?

  18. TheManWithPants
    TheManWithPants
    November 1, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    >Colors and Lost World

    So basically instead of melodrama cringe, we get retarded “HURDURR BALDY MCNOSEHAIR” jokes. Fuck that noise, bruh.

    We need a movie about the Sonic Twitter account.

  19. GameZard
    GameZard
    November 1, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    This movie will be terrible.

  20. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    November 1, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Then they’d be bio-organic entities made in a lab that broke out from an overload causing an explosion leading to the release of Metal Sonic to catch or destroy them. After getting away from an explosion making the robot think they’re dead; an annoying ass skinny bitch finds them and nurses them back to health before they have their fun times like when Sonic discovers chili dogs and accidentally make the oven explode trying to make more after which there’s an explosion and then another explosion and then another explosion and then another explosion and then the credits before the teaser video after them shows another explosion.

  21. TheManWithPants
    TheManWithPants
    November 1, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    Exactly. Pretty much a spot on adaptation of the game.

  22. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    November 1, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    OH DEAR LORD; please tell me movie games have died off while I wasn’t looking!!

  23. TheManWithPants
    TheManWithPants
    November 1, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    Because Sonic’s a cash cow and SEGA wants more money.

  24. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    November 1, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    Because you died and are currently in hell where we’ve found torture more potent when people don’t realize just where they are.

  25. TheManWithPants
    TheManWithPants
    November 1, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    They’re still around to an extent, and since this is Sanic we’re talking about, you can bet your ass they’ll make a game of the movie.

  26. TheManWithPants
    TheManWithPants
    November 1, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    This trainwreck will be fast, but it will crash furiously.

  27. TheManWithPants
    TheManWithPants
    November 1, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    So can we finally have Samuel L. Jackson take his rightful place as the the voice of Knuckles?

  28. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    November 1, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    Is a game worse than Sonic Boom possible?

  29. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    November 1, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    >Not Bruce Willis
    I’ll fight you faggot.

  30. Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης
    Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης
    November 1, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    What are you talking about? Deadpool was awesome.

  31. Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης
    Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης
    November 1, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Tim Miller did a great job with Scott Pilgrim and Deadpool, so maybe the Sonic live action movie will be at least decent. BUT! If you have Sony as the producer, I have my worries.

  32. Casey
    Casey
    November 1, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    After the recent Ghostbusters flop, I have to wonder if Sony is actually being so generous with the money right now. Of course, if Sega is the one funding this, there might be plenty of G money to go around.

  33. Zero Eternity
    Zero Eternity
    November 1, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    God I hope not. Big name actors would make it even worse.

  34. TheManWithPants
    TheManWithPants
    November 1, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    Oh very much so, yes, sadly. SEGA’s been talking a lot about being better with their QA lately though, but we’ll see if they actually make good on that.

  35. TheManWithPants
    TheManWithPants
    November 1, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    Knuckles is the token Black Guy of Sonic’s crew, and you know it. He’s got dreadlocks, Jamaican/African colors on his shoes, he wears boxing gloves, and has a rap theme song. IIRC, SEGA wanted him to have a Jamaican accent in SA1, originally.

  36. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    November 1, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    In what was was the Scott Pilgrim movie great? It felt rushed as hell.

  37. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    November 1, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    Then why is Sonics most favored voice a black guy?

  38. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    November 1, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    Sony’s trying to make a big money movie and what vidja franchise is better at grapping tons of money from its name alone that doesn’t involve having to work with Nintendo?

  39. TheManWithPants
    TheManWithPants
    November 1, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    Because retards can’t let go of the 90s, and that’s why every Sonic game going forward will rehash Green Hill Zone for the millionth time, and now Classic Sonic is gonna be shoved into everything.

  40. Didney Worl
    Didney Worl
    November 2, 2016 at 12:16 am

    This probably won’t end up happening, but I’d like to think that having the director of Deadpool means that the Sonic movie might turn out to be this self aware parody of cynical cartoon adaptations like Alvin and the Chipmunks and The Smurfs.

  41. Minuteworld92
    Minuteworld92
    November 2, 2016 at 12:22 am

    “no copyright law in the universe is gonna stop me”

    ^only good line in the colors script.

  42. tetrisdork
    tetrisdork
    November 2, 2016 at 1:05 am

    Angry Birds?

    But, seriously, they did make The Angry Birds Movie with Rovio and that movie did well-ish. Movie had a sub-$75milllion budget that Rovio financed and grossed over $340million worldwide, but Sony spent a ton on marketing.

  43. Snorlaxation
    Snorlaxation
    November 2, 2016 at 1:17 am

    Rushed, yes. But it could’ve been rushed and horrible, which it wasn’t. Aside from michael cera, I felt it was fun.

  44. TheManWithPants
    TheManWithPants
    November 2, 2016 at 1:44 am

    One of the writers for the movie said that they’re aiming for a PG-13 rating on Facebook, but the post got deleted shortly afterwards. It’s probably gonna go the route of Transformers and TMNT.

  45. Tarrasque
    Tarrasque
    November 2, 2016 at 1:53 am

    Live action? WHY

  46. TheManWithPants
    TheManWithPants
    November 2, 2016 at 1:54 am

    Because Hollywood sucks at video game movies.

  47. Tubsiwub
    Tubsiwub
    November 2, 2016 at 2:52 am

    The last paragraph was repeated information because…?

  48. InfectedAI
    InfectedAI
    November 2, 2016 at 3:04 am

    About?

  49. GameZard
    GameZard
    November 2, 2016 at 3:29 am

    To get that furry money.

  50. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    November 2, 2016 at 3:39 am

    >Title says he’s directing
    >Article says he’s executive producer

  51. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    November 2, 2016 at 4:01 am

    Looks like he’s executive producer, and they aren’t known for their creative inputs.

  52. dickdickinsondickdick
    dickdickinsondickdick
    November 2, 2016 at 4:16 am

    When sonic team were creating him, they made up this bizarre idea of sonic being a character from a series of children books written by the widow of a man who died trying to break the sound barrier, and that he manifests in real life to save people who had heard his stories.

    Its meta as fuck but I would like to see that on the big scren.

    We’ll get fart jokes instead though.

  53. dickdickinsondickdick
    dickdickinsondickdick
    November 2, 2016 at 4:20 am

    I mean, I would agree with you, but he IS a giant blue rodent.
    Making the movie as silly as the premise would show a kind of self awareness never before seen in sega’ s marketing department

  54. dickdickinsondickdick
    dickdickinsondickdick
    November 2, 2016 at 4:21 am

    I dont know how long it has been in production, but if they take some cues from the sonic twitter…
    nah, still not happening

  55. dickdickinsondickdick
    dickdickinsondickdick
    November 2, 2016 at 4:26 am

    I feel really bad for Aaron Webber (the sonic twitter guy) he has more self awareness that all of sega combined, im pretty sure he can see this shit crashing from a mile away and yet he cant do anything to stop it or at least shit on it before it blows.

    Advertising this stuff must hurt his soul.

  56. dickdickinsondickdick
    dickdickinsondickdick
    November 2, 2016 at 4:57 am

    it looks photoshopped, right?

  57. GamesGoodMeGood
    GamesGoodMeGood
    November 2, 2016 at 6:35 am

    Oh wow, can’t wait to see Sonic as a white-knight hipster beta male. Maybe he’ll even develop a love relationship with Tails and yiff with him to celebrate the legalization of gay marriage.

  58. Truck
    Truck
    November 2, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Green Lantern and Origins were pieces of shit.

  59. Some furf
    Some furf
    November 2, 2016 at 8:35 am

    You mean a GUN movie, featuring a few cameo appearances by Shadow.

  60. John Smith.
    John Smith.
    November 2, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Can’t wait to see how Sony Pictures(the feminazi studio) and the ultra left wing Hollywood echo chamber will fuck this one up.

    But here’s a guess. This movie will be human focused crap no doubt since that is all Hollywood can shit out when it comes to adaptions. (Smurfs, Garfield, Yogi Bear are prime examples of this)

    Plot wise it will be: Sonic will teach some loser WHITE (Only whites can be losers in Hollywood) CIS gendered male that he needs an empowered bi- racial, bi-sexual, fourth wave feminist womyn to dictate his whole life in order for him to be happy and successful while Am y and Cream undergo transformation into hip Feminists who save all the males with feminist empowerment.

    Fuck you SEGA, fuck you Sony Pictures and fuck you liberals for ruining this.

  61. SuperDuperSenpai
    SuperDuperSenpai
    November 2, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Cartoon styled humor for a cartoon animal beats garbage memes any day.

  62. SuperDuperSenpai
    SuperDuperSenpai
    November 2, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Who Framed Roger Rabbit did it better.

  63. BentoBlame
    BentoBlame
    November 2, 2016 at 10:22 am

    It couldn’t be as bad as the Super Mario 1993 Live Action Movie…right?

  64. Guin
    Guin
    November 2, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Where do the niggers play into this?

  65. John Smith.
    John Smith.
    November 2, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Clear the white male lead will be doing some BS that oppresses black people, so he will need Sonic to explain how them poor niggers need to be free to loot, rape and kill as they please.

  66. British_Otaku
    British_Otaku
    November 2, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    He was involved in Scott Pilgrim? This might have some potential

    I heard of Sony hurting the distribution of that movie about North Korea. Did they do something else?

  67. British_Otaku
    British_Otaku
    November 2, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    I’d be okay with Classic Sonic being shoved into stuff if they remembered to have more than one (two if you are generous) playable characters.

    I don’t fancy the bastardised Classic Sonic gameplay we have got.

  68. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    November 2, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    It’ll be much worse.

  69. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    November 2, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Out of the frying pan and into the fire, huh?

    I can’t imagine a worse fate for a creator than working with the Sonic IP.

  70. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    November 2, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Wait, wait, wait, wait… Scott Pilgrim?

    Okay, now I’m glad I never saw Deadpool. That movie was garbage.

  71. A Loli de 42 Anos
    A Loli de 42 Anos
    November 2, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    I take it you’re one of those “Sonic was never good” guys?

  72. FailDRE86
    FailDRE86
    November 2, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    How is Hollywood gonna f’k this one up T__T

  73. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    November 2, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Oh, definitely.

    There’s a reason why players dropped Sonic immediately after DKC hit.

  74. Uncle Slick
    Uncle Slick
    November 2, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    No.

  75. Noah Howard
    Noah Howard
    November 2, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Ah-ha. That’s… not a giant leap at all (he types with sarcasm).

  76. Casey
    Casey
    November 2, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    The Sony hack leaked information about a Mario movie possibly in the works, and Sony films and Sony Computer Entertainment are not competing entities.

    Also, they’re going to have to share with Sega since it’s their IP, so I don’t think they’re expecting a huge payout. That’s why they had so much hope riding on Ghostbusters. They own the IP and don’t have to share, and the possibility of a “cinematic universe”.

  77. A Loli de 42 Anos
    A Loli de 42 Anos
    November 2, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    I’ll have to disagree.

    I started in the gamecube era (with Sonic Adventure 1 and 2) and to this day it’s my favorite video game series. (the only games in the series that I can say are genuinely bad are ’06 and Sonic Boom).

    I’m fearful but at the same time hoping that the movie won’t suck. Sonic have a ton of potential for a cool Action type of story with some Edge to it and has pulled it off well in the past (such as the Sonic SatAm cartoon, the Archie Comics, SOME episodes and arcs of Sonic X and games like Adventure 2)

  78. A Loli de 42 Anos
    A Loli de 42 Anos
    November 2, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    lol, Well, I’m hoping it won’t come to that. sure, there’s a 98% chance this will be horrible but the director of Deadpool knows how to make an action movie with a sense of fun about it and the writter said on twitter that he definetly won’t do something like the smurfs when fans questioned him about it.

    I’m not too hopefull for this movie but there’s a slimmer of hope there.

    also, if they’re gonna turn this into an awful generic hollywood CG/Live Action film I hope that at the very least they go the transformers route instead of the Alvin and the Chipmunks (It would be 10% less insulting)

  79. LNK1123
    LNK1123
    November 2, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    Classic Sonic gets all the love, and my first Sonic game (Sonic Advance, does NOT have Classic Sonic, but it is a 2D game, just like the first Sonic games) is rarely talked about.

  80. A Loli de 42 Anos
    A Loli de 42 Anos
    November 2, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    Angry Birds was pretty good.

    and Prince of Peria was okay.

    and I heard some good things about Warcraft.

    but yeah, they usually kinda suck but I kinda of always hope there will come a movie that will break the pattern. (assassin’s Creed is looking cool from the trailers so far)

  81. dickdickinsondickdick
    dickdickinsondickdick
    November 2, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    the fights were good, which is the only thing scott pilgrim had going for it anyway
    so it was ok

  82. dickdickinsondickdick
    dickdickinsondickdick
    November 2, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    to be fair, no one wanted green hill zone in sonic mania, in fact, if you see the announcement reaction from the conference thingy, when it was shown, hype died down for a moment and only came back when they showed that you can play as knuckles

  83. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    November 2, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    I was thinking more down the lines of Nintendo still being scared from the Mario Bros movie that Sony would have to bend over backwards while taking a barbed pillar up the ass.

  84. InkBrush
    InkBrush
    November 3, 2016 at 2:51 am

    I’m still salty as fuck on how did the Ratchet & Clank movie fucked up on it’s writing when it had a cluster fuck of potential.