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Sonic the Hedgehog movie in the works

1 of 1 Neal Moritz is producing the Sonic the Hedgehog movie
Neal Moritz is producing the Sonic the Hedgehog movie

A Sonic the Hedgehog movie is in the works at Sony.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, producer Neal Moritz (21 Jump Street, The Fast and the Furious) is working on a big-screen version of the billion-dollar video game franchise.

The Sega video game has been one of the world's biggest games for more than two decades, with more than 140 million games sold.

Sony is teaming up with Japan-based production company Marza Animation Planet to make a hybrid computer-animated/live-action film based on the game.

The screenplay from Evan Susser and Van Robichaux will follow the antics of Sonic, the world's fastest hedgehog, as well as some of the game's favourite characters, including villain Dr Eggman.

Moritz will produce alongside Takeshi Ito and Mie Onishi from Marza Animation Planet, with Toby Ascher executive producing.

A press release for the film said it would capture: "Sonic's irreverent tone and spirit, reuniting him with some of the most revered and infamous characters of the franchise, including the evil Dr Eggman." 

Columbia Pictures' President of Production, Hannah Minghella, said: "There are limitless stories to tell with a character like Sonic the Hedgehog and a built-in international fan base.

"Along with our wonderful creative partners at Marza, we're looking to capture everything that generations of fans know and love about Sonic while also growing his audience wider than ever before."

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