Time will tell whether THIS move will pay off, but director Tim Miller has stepped down from his previous project, Deadpool 2, to direct a Sonic the Hedgehog movie instead. Miller directed the original Deadpool film.
The Sonic movie was announced earlier this year and is a live-action-CG hybrid, showing real people interacting with computer-generated blue hedgehogs. Miller is collaborating with Jeff Fowler, a partner at his production company who will be making his directing debut with Sonic. Patrick Casey and Josh Miller are penning the script, and if you know who they are you have a good memory, because they created the very-short-lived, underpromoted Golan the Insatiable for Fox.
Sony Pictures is paying for it and Marza Animation Planet is computing the animation frames (they are an animation company owned by Sega Sammy, who also owns Sonic). Neal H. Moritz (several Fast and Furious movies) is serving as producer, as well as Takeshi Ito and Mie Onishi, members of Marza. Miller and Toby Ascher are executive producers and Dmitri Johnson and Dan Jevons of DJ2 Entertainment are co-producers.
Now the question is why. Is the Sonic movie really a better opportunity than Deadpool 2? Miller hasn’t spoken on that, but he has praised his coworkers. “Jeff (the co-director) is an incredible director with strong story instincts,” he told the press. “The world of Sonic presents the perfect opportunity for him to leverage his experience in animation to bring new dimension to this iconic character.”
The Sonic movie is still in early development and has no release window.