Sony Is Making a ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Movie

Sonic the Hedgehog movie

Hollywood’s track record with video game adaptations is spotty at best. But video games are well-known properties with wide name recognition and built-in followings, so there’s always going to be someone willing to try and buck that trend.

Today, that someone is Sony and producer Neal Moritz, and the project in question is a Sonic the Hedgehog movie. Hit the jump for more details on the project.

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A Prophet (Un Prophete)

After making his name on crime dramas set in his native Boston, Dennis Lehane is getting his next bit of inspiration from outside the country. The Shutter Island author has been tapped to write Sony’s English-language remake of A Prophet (a.k.a. Un prophète), Jacques Audiard‘s acclaimed French crime drama. More details on the upcoming film after the jump.

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Fast and Furious 6 - Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez

Even among this summer’s crowded lineup of blockbuster sequels, Fast and Furious 6 manages to stand out as one of the most highly anticipated releases of early summer. The trailers and promos so far have been gloriously high-octane, highlighting the fancy automotive tricks that are the series’ claim to fame.

The newest featurette highlights still more explosive new footage, but also reveals a bit more about the story and characters. Vin Diesel, Luke Evans, Michelle Rodriguez, and more discuss what’s driving the players, and how they bounce off of each other. Watch it after the jump.

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Just when you thought you’d seen every single angle someone could take on the Robin Hood story, Hollywood has come up with another. The latest is a revenge thriller centered on Robin’s friends, a la Ocean’s Eleven or The Dirty Dozen. It’s called Merry Men, and DreamWorks just spent seven figures to acquire it. Brad Ingelsby (Out of the Furnace) will write, Neal Moritz (Fast Five) will produce and Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) will direct.  Read More »

The fairy tale trend that’s taken over Hollywood clearly isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Even as cameras roll on Disney’s Maleficent, which retells Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of its villain, there’s another reinterpretation of the story brewing, this time with the prince who breaks the spell at its center. Fast and the Furious producer Neal Moritz is behind the new version, a comedy which sees its male protagonist stalked by Sleeping Beauty after he awakens her. More details after the jump.

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If you liked the down on his luck superhero elements of the Will Smith film Hancock, but weren’t as much into the ‘gods and love’ story that dominated the second half, you should give some attention to Big Man Japan. That is Hitoshi Matsumoto‘s 2007 Japanese mock documentary about a guy who can grow to gigantic size and fight monsters, but has to deal with a sagging public image. (It was released in Japan as Dainipponjin.)

Big Man Japan is weird fun, full of goofy CGI, and has one of the most batshit crazy endings I’ve seen in some time. (The end really plays with the film’s intentional similarity to Ultraman, and given that the rest of the film has things like a giant monster with an eye-tipped penis tentacle, the fact that the end stands out as really crazy should tell you something.) So, naturally, an American studio is going to try to produce a remake. Read More »

Comic-Con: Cast and Crew Talk Battle: Los Angeles

Battle: Los Angeles

I had predicted that Jonathan Liebesman‘s Battle: Los Angeles might be the surprise hit of this year’s Comic-Con. I was wrong. I’ve talked with a bunch of people who have screened early cuts of the film, and the buzz I’ve been hearing from these people is overwhelmingly possitive. For those of you who haven’t been following the film’s production, the movie has been described as a Black Hawk Down-style military story set in an alien invasion.

While most Comic Con attendees seemed to like the footage screened in Hall H, it didn’t become a standout of the presentations at this year’s convention (you can read Adam’s coverage and watch our video blog here). Despite that fact, we have transcribed the panel from the Sony presentation in Hall H for those of you not in attendance to read. Participants include director Jonathan Liebesman, producer Neal Moritz, and stars Aaron Eckhart and Michelle Rodriguez.

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Here’s the thing about Preacher: making it into a movie that makes any sense and retains the spirit of the original comic is going to be a hell of a task. (ahem.) Even if Kick-Ass is quite successful, the collision of sex, religion and violence that is Preacher won’t be an easy sell. Producers have tried and failed, and producer Neal Moritz is still plugging along with his take.

Last we heard, he had John August writing the script and Sam Mendes waiting to direct. But then James Bond entered Mendes’ life, and now Preacher needs a new director. Read More »

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