Jim Carrey (Kidding) is in final negotiations to join James Marsden and Tika Sumpter in Paramount Pictures‘ Sonic the Hedgehog movie! Carrey will play the villain Dr. Ivo Robotnik (aka Doctor Eggman) in the adaptation of the SEGA video game series.
Planned for a worldwide release showcasing both live-action and CG animation elements, the feature film will be the first time Sonic has been adapted for the big screen. Developing the project since its inception as a producer as well as a production house, MARZA Animation Planet Co., Ltd., owned by SEGA Group, will be joined by an assembly of high-profile talent.
Jeff Fowler will direct the November 15, 2019 release from a script by Josh Miller. Producing is Neal H. Moritz (Fast & Furious films) and Tim Miller (Deadpool) is executive producing.
Sonic the Hedgehog was first seen in 1991 on the SEGA Genesis. Since then, the character was inducted into the “World Video Game Hall of Fame” in 2016 at The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. Most recently, the popular franchise has seen two new hit releases in 2017, Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces (PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC). Total sales of the series including both packaged and digital downloads count over 360 million units.