Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Deadpool's Tim Miller set to produce Sonic The Hedgehog

Surprise and no little consternation greeted the news last month that Deadpool director Tim Miller, one of the key people in finally bringing the motor mouthed mercenary to the screen, had left the sequel over creative differences. Now news arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that he is now pursuing other projects, including Sony Pictures' planned film based around Sonic The Hedgehog.

Though the movie has been in the works between the studio and producer Neal H. Moritz (I Am Legend) for a couple of years now, it is still early days for Miller's involvement and he is currently just developing the project as a potential directing job for colleague Jeff Fowler, with whom he has worked for years at production and effects house Blur Studio.

The idea is to turn the basic concept – Sonic, alongside fellow speedy cohorts Tails and Knuckles doing their best to thwart the evil schemes of Doctor Eggman Robotnik – into a blend of live action and CGI characters.

"Jeff is an incredible director with strong story instincts," Miller tells The Hollywood Reporter. "The world of Sonic presents the perfect opportunity for him to leverage his experience in animation to bring new dimension to this iconic character."

As for Miller's own future directing plans, he has a variety of projects in development, including an adaptation of violent comic book The Goon and the film adaptation of Daniel Suarez's science fiction thriller Influx.

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