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After Fan Backlash, “Sonic The Hedgehog” Movie Will Get Some Big Changes

The trailer for the new “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie created a resounding and unanimous internet reaction – WTF IS THIS? While not as bad as the initial live-action Aladdin trailer, viewers were quite unhappy with the look of the Blue Blur. Today, those concerns and criticisms were addressed directly by the studio and yes, they heard everything we said.

Director Jeff Fowler posted the following on Twitter to address the critics:

“Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear,” Fowler tweeted. “You aren’t happy with the design & you want changes. It’s going to happen. Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be… #sonicmovie #gottafixfast”

Earlier this year when images of Sonic first leaked to the internet, Sonic creator Yuji Naka was not too happy either, and it seems like his reaction has stayed the same with this official reveal.

The biggest positive out of this is the creators and studios are listening, and this is a chance to make things right. If Paramount can achieve what the Pokemon Detective Pikachu movie has done with how good their CG characters look, let’s hope Sonic can get some love too.

Sonic will not hit theaters until November 8, although the date could be pushed back to make these changes. Realistically, if only the Sonic VFX are being changed, hitting that targeted release should still be possible.

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Gotta’ Go Fast With First “Sonic The Hedgehog” Trailer

The first trailer for Paramount’s upcoming “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie has just hit the internet, and it’s definitely something!

Check out the trailer below:

Here is the official synopsis: SONIC THE HEDGEHOG is a live-action adventure comedy based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega that centers on the infamously brash bright blue hedgehog. The film follows the (mis)adventures of Sonic as he navigates the complexities of life on Earth with his newfound – human – best friend Tom Wachowski (James Marsden). Sonic and Tom join forces to try and stop the villainous Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) from capturing Sonic and using his immense powers for world domination. The film also stars Tika Sumpter and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic.

I don’t even know where to begin with this one. Aside from the generic movie plot, the trailer gives waaay too much information away. It’s one thing for a trailer to be enigmatic, and it’s another to offer too little – but this is a case of knowing the entire plot of the movie and showing us perhaps a bit too much.

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room – the blue one. That Sonic CG model is… well, it’s definitely a CG model. His legs, his hands (or paws, I’m not even sure), and that face – this is what nightmares look like.

The real highlight here is seeing Jim Carrey as Dr Robotnik, or Eggman (we really aren’t sure yet). It looks like Carrey was mighty hungry, because that scenery sure wasn’t chewing itself. This looks like a great vehicle for the veteran actor to let loose and have fun, so despite my jabs I actually am excited to see him in this movie.

“Sonic the Hedgehog” hits theaters in November.

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We Now Know What Sonic The Hedgehog Will Look Like In His New Movie

It’s unavoidable. Sonic the Hedgehog is getting a movie, and much like the titular character, there is no stopping his speedy impending arrival. Today, we have an idea of what the blue blur will look in the film, and it’s a doozy.

Thanks to an image that was accidentally uploaded by a PR firm (and has since been removed), we have a first look at the Sega classic speedster in all his glory.

Here is how Sonic will appear:

It reminds me very much of how the Detective Pikachu characters look, but not as realistic or smooth. It’s not terrible, far from it. Without more context about the rest of the environments he will inhabit, it definitely is a bit jarring.

Crazy of all, Sonic has long arms and legs, which is the biggest departure from how he has always been presented in the past. Final verdict from us – face is not too bad, but ‘dem legs…

A trailer for the movie is expected much later this year, so we will see if Sonic still looks this way by then.

The film will star Ben Schwartz as Sonic the Hedgehog and Jim Carrey as Sonic’s nemesis Dr. Robotnik, alongside James Marsden as Tom Wachowski, Tika Sumpter, Adam Pally, and Neal McDonough.

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Paramount Continues Partnership With Hasbro To Make More Transformers Movies

Good news, Transformers fans! More movies are on the way, and if they are all half as good as Bumblebee, then things could be looking up for the franchise.

During the Hasbro 4th Quarter Earnings Conference call, CEO of Hasbro Brian Goldner spoke about the current state of the Transformers brand. Goldner went on to speak specifically about the future plans for the movies, and it turns out they do have some:

“In Transformers, in the fourth quarter was up both in the US and internationally, so up overall. We really successfully reengaged fans and families with Bumblebee. It’s done over $450 million globally.

The early indications as we enter the New Year are for a strong ESP and home entertainment window, and we believe that the enterprise for Bumblebee, including the film, is profitable for Hasbro go forward.

Obviously we’re in the early days. Haven’t hit the home entertainment window yet. We haven’t even opened in Japan yet, and the movie is still in theaters.

We knew In addition to the feature film, which is an important element and we are working on new films ideas with Paramount in partnership with Jim Giannopoulos and that team, and they’re fantastic, we also have television on Cartoon Network, Netflix offering, and preschool offering. So across the board, it’s a brand that really embodies our brand blueprint strategy, and we continue to believe very strongly in the power of the franchise.”

Hasbro will webcast its Annual Investor Update at New York Toy Fair 2019 on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 8:00 AM EST at this link here. The meeting will be hosted by Mr. Goldner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Deborah Thomas, Chief Financial Officer, and John Frascotti, President and Chief Operating Officer. Replays of the call and the Investor Day will be available at the same location approximately 2 hours following completion of each event.

There was no mention of a direct sequel to Bumblebee, which has been having a very successful box-office run, but it would not be surprising to see that series continue on. Perhaps we will get more Cyberton-based movie as time goes on. What kind of Transformers movie do you want to see them make next?

News via Seibertron

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Michael Bay’s “Ninja Turtles” reboot delayed

Following a few other big budget pics of nerdy franchises, another film has just been pushed back for a long period of time. This time, it would be Michael Bay’s hideous abomination of a TMNT adaptation (which he re-titled to just “Ninja Turtles”, the blasphemer).

Paramount says it has pushed back the film’s starting date by 10 weeks in order to cut the budget down to $125 Million (originally the film was budgeted for around $20 million more). This also means that the release date will be pushws back from Christmas 2013 to May 16, 2014.

Initially, Paramount hired the Iron Man writing team of Art Marcum and Matt Holloway for close to $1 million to revamp “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” for a fast-tracked live action feature film to be released in summer 2012. At the time, the studio was looking at this as its next huge franchise like Transformers. Then the Jonathan Liebesman-directed live action-CGI combo’s release date was pushed to Christmas 2013, and now it’s pushed again to May 16th, 2014 — presuming that the studio’s cost target is achieved.

Not much else is known about the film, but let’s all hope it continues to be delayed – indefinitely.

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