Sonic the movie star? That’s what Sony Pictures Entertainment and SEGA are hoping for. Sonic The Hedgehog is being developed for a feature film, and with a twist: it will be a hybrid live-action and CGI movie. An ambitious yearly movie plan is part of the deal between SEGA and Sony.
The first movie will feature Dr. Eggman (presumably with an actual human playing him in live-action). Sonic’s friends, introduced throughout the game franchise’s two decades, will also be involved.
“There are limitless stories to tell with a character like Sonic the Hedgehog, and a built-in international fan base,” said Hannah Minghella, Sony Pictures production president in a press release. “Along with our wonderful creative partners at Marza Animation Planet, we’re looking to capture everything that generations of fans know and love about Sonic while also growing his audience wider than ever before.”
Astro Boy Rebooting
Shibuya Productions and Tezuka Productions are teaming up with Caribara Animation to reboot Astro Boy with a new animated series. The show will be a 26 episode season geared at 8-12 year-olds who have never seen anything with the character (including the 2009 animated movie that was largely a flop at the box office). The reboot will take place in the present day with “a contemporary design,” and is already underway - September will see the series’ first trailer. Both 2D and CGI animation will be used for the series.
Astro Boy is largely credited as one of the first ever Anime to break through as a hit after its debut in Japan in 1960 saw cross-over success in other countries, including the US. It has been remade and rebooted as TV and film in 1980, 2003, and 2009, though that film grossed less than $40 million - worldwide.
Bro, Xbox has a new comedy, Bro, and oh so much more.
While Sony brought their Powers TV show onto the big stage at their E3 press conference, Microsoft chose to focus entirely on games at theirs. But that doesn’t mean they’re not working on their own serial series for distribution via their consoles.
East of Exurbia is in production at Xbox Entertainment Studios, a live-action “bro-fueled” comedy that mixes magic and the supernatural into three guys’ debauchery-full life.
But wait, there’s more! Yes, they’ll be very busy indeed, working on series for Age of Empires, State of Decay, Fable, Forza Motorsport, Gears of War, and going outside video games for Deadlands based on a pen-and-paper RPG, and Gun Machine based on Warren Ellis’s detective novel. Michael Cera, Tim and Eric, Sarah Silverman, and Reggie Watts will have a new comedy/variety show, and Seth Green and Matt Senreich’s next series Extraordinary Believers is getting a pilot with the production company. A reality show called Fearless, a live-action mini-series adaptation of IDW’s Winterworld, and several previously announced shows are also in the works.
So while the head of Xbox is all about the games, that doesn’t mean Xbox Entertainment Studios won’t be keeping busy.