The new ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ movie poster has purists peevedDecember 11, 2018
Sonic the Hedgehog got some work done — and purists are making a collective stink face.
After scene-stealing cameos in Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” Sega’s speedy video game mascot is starring in his own live-action film for Paramount Pictures.
But die-hard fans are giving the studio a hard time over the new movie poster teaser featuring a sneak peek of the title character’s makeover.
Of course, the always opinionated Twitterverse had a field day when film bloggers fronted like it was business as usual: “The Sonic the Hedgehog movie divides fans”? WE ALL HATE IT. THIS IS THE MOST UNITED WE’VE EVER BEEN,” one dramatic fan posted, complete with tear-stained emoji.
And that was about as polite as the online discourse got.
Touted as hailing from “the producer behind ‘The Fast and the Furious,’ ” the live-action film’s titular character looks less like a mascot — and more like a man.
Executive producer Tim Miller tells IGN the biggest challenge of updating Sonic’s design isn’t revealed in the teaser clip: his mysterious new eye job. Sonic is typically depicted with only one eye showing, but Miller argues that wouldn’t translate well to a live-action blockbuster.
“I don’t think Sega was entirely happy with the eye decision, but these sorts of things you go, ‘It’s going to look weird if we don’t do this,’ ” he says. “But everything is a discussion, and that’s kind of the goal, which is to only change what’s necessary and stay true to the rest of it.”
Film fans will have to wait awhile to find out: “Sonic” isn’t set to hit screens until Nov. 8, 2019.
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