Live-Action Sonic Movie Delayed To Make Hedgehog Design “Just Right”
The online backlash was swift and plentiful once a trailer for the live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie dropped. Fans were decidedly not receptive of this version of the spiky blue speedster, many expressing horror towards the hyper-realistic incarnation of the SEGA mascot. Fortunately, Paramount Pictures took this online feedback and ran with it, director Jeff Fowler opting to alter the Sonic movie hero to follow a bit closer to the character’s traditional design.
This plan to provide a more aesthetically-pleasing Sonic was intended to be a relatively quick fix, Fowler initially expecting to keep the movie’s November release date intact. However, it appears the prospect won’t be as fast as the Hedgehog’s involvement might suggest, with Paramount now delaying the film’s theatrical release until next year. “Taking a little more time to make Sonic just right,” Fowler said on Twitter, revealing an image depicting the film’s new opening date of February 14, 2020.
— Jeff Fowler (@fowltown) May 24, 2019
This move to delay the live-action Sonic movie isn’t a development too far out of left field. Once the decision was made to change the title hero’s design, many were understandably skeptical a worthwhile update could happen in time for November. To do so might’ve run the risk of receiving an underwhelming revision or, worse yet, a speedy crunch period for the film’s visual effects artists. Thankfully, Jeff Fowler is looking to take the scenic route in getting Sonic to the big screen, the director’s tweet reflecting this idea in a hashtag that reads, “No VFX artists were harmed in the making of this movie.”
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