I’m not sure what to think of this news and I’m sure a lot of other people will be left scratching their heads as well, but the director of the first Deadpool movie, Tim Miller, will be working on the hybrid live-action and CG motion picture of Sonic The Hedgehog.
Geek.com is reporting that after Tim Miller dropped out of the Deadpool 2 film due to creative differences between Miller and lead actor Ryan Reynolds, he decided to join Blur Studios alum Jeff Fowler on the project. Fowler, by the way, will be directing the Sonic The Hedgehog motion picture.
If you don’t remember or know anything about Blur Studios, they’re best known for their unparalleled CGI work on various video game projects. They also worked on the original test reel for the Deadpool movie that eventually allowed it to get picked up by Fox. You can check out the test reel below from the official Blur Studios YouTube account.
According to Geek.com, Miller had fond words to share about Fowler, the director of the upcoming Sonic movie, saying…
“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 a new dimension to this iconic character.”
Sonic hasn’t been the same since entering the aughts. Young kids who only know of his Dreamcast adventures think those are good games, but they have shoddy controls and awful handling. Even still, most people who actually used to respect the franchise grew up on the undeniably good Sega Genesis and Sega CD titles that helped define the 1990s era of video games.
Since then Sega has had the impossible task of trying to bring Sonic into the new era of new tech and they’ve been failing at it in a very miserable way. They did manage to churn out a few decent gems, such as Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations, but they haven’t been able to make up (or recover) from all the stinkers in between. They recently brought on PagodaWest Games to help bring Sonic Mania to life, which appears to be one of the coolest looking Sonic games to be made in recent years.
Fowler and Miller really have their work cut out for them because – like Geek.com mentions so succinctly – video game movies suck, and many of Sonic’s recent games have sucked. So it’s going to be nothing but an uphill struggle for the Blur Studio veterans, but hopefully they can help restore some respect and prestige to the brand featuring the blue hedgehog.