Sonic the Hedgehog fans have spoken, and it seems that Paramount Pictures and SEGA have heard their voice…
This past week saw the release of the first trailer for the live-action/CG-hybrid Sonic the Hedgehog movie, and – perhaps unsurprisingly, given the negative reaction to early publicity material – many fans were left feeling hugely disappointed by the look of the iconic video game character.
Well, here’s some good news at least, as director Jeff Fowler has taken to Twitter to address the backlash to the film’s Sonic design, revealing that the producers are taking note of fan concerns, and as such the character’s look will be receiving a major overhaul.
Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear… you aren't happy with the design & you want changes. It's going to happen. Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be… #sonicmovie #gottafixfast 🔧✌️
— Jeff Fowler (@fowltown) May 2, 2019
At this point, it’s unclear whether the redesign will have any impact on the film’s release date, which is currently set for November 8th, giving the VFX teams just six months to make the necessary adjustments.
What do you make of this news? Are you happy that Paramount and SEGA are listening to fans, and do you think they can get it right second time around? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or tweet us @FlickeringMyth…
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG is a live-action adventure comedy based on the global blockbuster video game franchise from Sega that centres on the infamously brash bright blue hedgehog. The film follows the (mis)adventures of Sonic as he navigates the complexities of life on Earth with his newfound – human – best friend Tom Wachowski (James Marsden). Sonic and Tom join forces to try and stop the villainous Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) from capturing Sonic and using his immense powers for world domination. The film also stars Tika Sumpter and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic.
Sonic the Hedgehog is directed by Jeff Fowler (Gopher Broke) and features a cast that includes Ben Schwartz (House of Lies), James Marsden (Westworld), Jim Carrey (Kidding), Adam Pally (Happy Endings), Tika Sumpter (Ride Along), Neal McDonough (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) and Natasha Rothwell (Love, Simon). It is set for release on November 8th 2019.