Don’t you dare roll your eyes at this news. Hollywood is going to make us love movies based on video games, okay?! Even if they continue to fail miserably at the box office.
This is why no one should be surprised by the news SEGA CEO Hajime Satomi announced during an interview with Worldfolio:
“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 sounds like this movie will feature actual humans teaming up with a lovable CGI Sonic, which is something that has worked in the past with the Alvin & The Chipmunks franchise. Those movies were ridiculously successful at the box office.
But does anyone still care about Sonic? Life hasn’t exactly been easy for the hedgehog lately. Last year’s game Sonic Boom was the worst-selling game in the franchise. According to a report from Forbes, the game got off to a terrible start with just 490,000 copies sold worldwide. That’s a significant drop from the 2.18M total for 2010’s Sonic Colors.
Of course, it’s possible this latest game was just horrible. I’m sure if there was a “legit” Sonic game released, people would be running to the stores to buy it. It’s the same thing with movies. Most films based on video games haven’t worked because they were terrible films.
It’s all about the execution. We’ll see what happens.