FILM PLANS GATHER PACE?

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - What's On - - CINEMA - with Mike Shaw

For years there have been on-again-off-again plans to pro­duce a big bud­get Sonic The Hedge­hog movie. The peak of Sonic’s pop­u­lar­ity was ar­guably 20 years ago, but it’s only now that plans are com­ing to­gether that may see Sega’s most iconic char­ac­ter get a proper film.

And Jim Car­rey is now at­tached to the project, pur­port­edly in line to play the bad­die Dr Ivo “Eg­gman” Robot­nik. Un­like Sonic, Car­rey’s Robot­nik will be live ac­tion as op­posed to be­ing a CGI cre­ation.

Once his deal is fi­nalised, Car­rey will join a cast that so far con­sists of James Mars­den and Tika Sumpter.

Car­rey has been off-the-boil for a while, so Sonic the Hedge­hog is a great op­por­tu­nity for him to re-har­ness the manic en­ergy that he dis­played in films like Ace Ven­tura, The Mask and The Grinch.

No plot de­tails have been of­fi­cially re­vealed yet, so we’ve no idea whether the story will be set within Sonic’s world, or if there will be a Smurfs-es­que sce­nario where the hedge­hog is part of our re­al­ity.

The movie will be di­rected by first-timer Jeff Fowler, while Dead­pool’s Tim Miller and Neal H Moritz from the Fast and the Fu­ri­ous fran­chise are at­tached as pro­duc­ers.

You may have last en­coun­tered Sonic in the mid-90s on the Mega Drive, but he’s been run­ning ever since, across mul­ti­ple comics, video games and car­toons, and you can ex­pect the film in

Jim Car­rey, who played The Grinch in the movie adap­ta­tion in 2000, has been tipped for the role of Sonic The Hedge­hog’s neme­sis Dr Ivo “Eg­gman” Robot­nik

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