Tim Miller recently jumped ship on the Deadpool sequel and now he's moved on to blue-er pastures- namely, the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, THR reports. The Sonic movie will combine live-action footage and CGI animation. It was first announced back in February and now Miller is on board as a producer.
Miller will be joining director Jeff Fowler, who was behind Where the Wild Things Are and Gopher Broke. Both men are part of Blur Studios, a California-based visual effects and animation company. The company has done work for several video games, including Halo 2.
The first Sonic the Hedgehog game came out in 1991. The story centers around the titular speedy blue hedgehog and his efforts to foil the evil plans of Dr. Eggman Robotnik. The game has since become a major franchise, with more than 350 million copies sold.
Miller had nothing but praise for the director he is going to work with. Miller said of Fowler, "Jeff is an incredible director with strong story instincts. The world of Sonic presents the perfect opportunity for him to leverage his experience in animation to bring new dimension to this iconic character."
Both Deadpool and Sonic are cartoonish, wise-cracking dudes who provide a fountain of memes, but moving from one to the other is still a bit of a jarring move. Then again, the reason Miller left Deadpool is because he wanted to do a big budget extravaganza rather than Ryan Reynolds' preferred scrappy low-budget take, so doing a grand video game movie is probably in line with that. We'll jut have to see how it turns out. What do you think of Miller's newest project?
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