Action Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Is Speeding into Development

The movie rights to the popular gaming franchise "Sonic the Hedgehog" was obtained by Paramount Pictures, who hopes to bring the blue speedster to the big screen.

Deadpool director Tim Miller remains on board as a producer with Blur Studio's Jeff Fowler, the mind behind the Oscar-nominated short Gopher Broke, set to direct in his feature film debut. Dmitri Johnson and Dan Jevons of DJ2 Entertainment will serve as co-producers. Fowler will direct. Neal H. Moritz of the Fast & Furious movies is producing with Toby Ascher. Before you get any ideas, this won't be the R-rated version of Sonic.

Video games that are turned into movies usually don't do very well.

It's been nearly a year since we posted about the Sonic the Hedgehog movie.

Paramount has plans to make the movie using both live action and CGI animation, The Hollywood Reporter reported.

Sonic the Hedgehog has sold more than 360 million copies on various platforms. Sonic's chief rival, Mario, may have received a live-action movie in 1993 but Sega's red shoed "dude with a tude" is still tapping his feet waiting for his time in the Hollywood spotlight. It will be interesting to see how exactly Paramount will pull off the film and whether it will look to successful video game movies like the aforementioned Wreck-It Ralph and The Angry Birds Movie for inspiration.

Sonic the Hedgehog hits theaters on 2019. The studio took over Sonic after Sony let the film rights lapse.