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Friday, February 23, 2018

Sonic the Hedgehog Live-action CG animation film Premiere in the United States on November 15,

SEGA have reached an agreement with Paramount to co-produce a Sonic the Hedgehog feature film, set for theatrical release in the United States on November 15, 2019, then internationally around the world.

This move represents an important next-step in the expansion of the Sonic the Hedgehog IP, bringing the character to new audiences globally. As part of the IP strategy for Sonic the Hedgehog, SEGA Group has been working to expand this character beyond the video game market to become an entertainment franchise. Recently, Sonic has appeared as an animated character on television, consumer products, console and mobile games, and more.

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 owned by SEGA Group, will be joined by an assembly of high-profile talent.

The film has signed on notable industry veterans including:

  • Producer Neal H. Moritz from Original Film Inc. (“Fast and Furious” series)
  • Director Jeff Fowler (Blur Studio, Academy Award® nominee for 2005 Best Animated Short Film “Gopher Broke.”)
  • Executive producer Tim Miller (director of the Marvel/Fox feature “Deadpool” and owner
  • of animation and CG production company Blur Studio)

“I'm thrilled to be partnered with SEGA and to have such an incredible and supportive home for
Sonic with Jim and Paramount,” said Moritz.

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.

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