Paramount Pictures have released the first official trailer for “Sonic the Hedgehog,” starring Jim Carrey and Ben Schwartz.
Sonic, the hedgehog who embellished Sega consoles in the early ’90s, is off to the big screen. From Sonic’s video game conception, it followed the character running through obstacles at lightning speed, collecting power-up gold rings along the way. Now inhabited as a film, the CGI-rendered protagonist will have to escape the government’s reach. A local policeman (Marsden) will have to help him along the way.
The film is directed by Jeff Fowler, who directed the Oscar nominated short “Gopher Broke.” Fowler also worked within the visual effects research department for Spike Jonze’s “Where the Wild Things Are.” Blur Studio, co-founded by Tim Miller, is behind the film’s visual effects. The studio recently did the animation on four episodes of Netflix’s “Love, Death & Robots.”
Longtime comedian Jim Carrey stars as Dr. Robotnik, a villain out to foil Sonic’s efforts; an archenemy in the gaming series. Ben Schwartz lends his voice to the central role of Sonic. The film’s cast includes Carrey, Schwartz, James Marsden, Neal McDonough and Adam Pally. As recognized on the film’s IMDb page, Junkie XL is rumored to be scoring the film.
Patrick Casey, Josh Miller and Oren Uziel write the script, with a story by Van Robichaux and Evan Susser. Casey and Miller both worked on writing the YouTube Red mini-series “12 Days of Dead.” Uziel’s past script credits include “22 Jump Street” and “The Cloverfield Paradox.” “Sonic the Hedgehog”‘s characters are based on the designs by Hirokazu Yasuhara, who first animated these ideas for the Sega console debut. Programmers Yuji Naka and artist Naoto Ohshima first envisioned the series’ creation as Sega was looking to compete with Nintendo’s Mario.
Fowler, Toby Ascher and Tim Miller (“Deadpool”) are executive producing. Sega and Paramount Pictures are the studios backing “Sonic the Hedgehog,” which bolts into theaters Nov. 8.