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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Back in January, a weird news story broke saying rapper/producer Kanye West was taking meetings to be the creative director on a movie adaptation of the sci-fi sitcom cartoon The Jetsons. At the time, the news came from West’s personal Twitter account, but was quickly deleted. That was the last we heard of it.

Soon after, though, Van Robichaux and Evan Susser were hired to work on a screenplay, suggesting the movie had some life. As for West, six months have passed and he’s out promoting his new album, Yeezus. Is it still working on The Jetsons? One profile casually mentions he most certainly is. Read More »

One of the most-liked scripts on last winter’s Black List was Evan Susser and Van Robichaux‘s Chewie, about Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew and his work on the Star Wars set. But whereas some of the screenplays on the compendium already had stars, producers, and directors attached, Chewie wasn’t very far along at all — and considering the no doubt complicated rights issues surrounding it, it seemed totally possible it’d never get made at all.

Turns out that was a really pessimistic way of looking at things, as Chewie is now on its way to the big screen. Not only that, it’s already off to a strong start as Fanboys director Kyle Newman has just signed on to develop the project. More details after the jump.

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If and how exactly Kanye West will be involved in Warner Bros.’ The Jetsons movie remains unclear, but the project has just picked up some fresh talent on the screenwriting side. Van Robichaux and Evan Susser, who landed on the 2011 Black List for their Star Wars-inspired satire Chewie, have been tapped to do a rewrite on the film. The last draft of the script was penned by Fanboys scribe Adam F. Goldberg, but it sounds like Robichaux and Susser will be starting fresh; earlier reports had the studio seeking a writer to go back to square one. More details after the jump.

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Each December since 2004, studio executive Franklin Leonard has compiled the best unproduced screenplays of the year, as voted by hundreds of execs, agency guys, and high-level assistants. Titled The Black List, the compendium highlights both established screenwriters and up-and-comers, and has served as a launching pad in the past for projects like Juno, Lars and the Real Girl, and (500) Days of Summer. Last year’s list included Margin Call, Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Hunger Games, and Snow White and the Huntsman.

It should be noted that the headline is somewhat misleading — some of these screenplays have already been acquired and are already in development, though according to Leonard none will have entered principal photography by December 31, 2011. Also worth pointing out is that, as in previous years, there have been rumors that some of the participants have been accused of using the Black List to promote their own clients or friends. Finally, as Leonard reminds us each time, “The Black List is not a ‘best of’ list. It is, at best, a ‘most liked’ list.”

Regardless, we can always rely on the Black List to stir up conversation among both industry insiders and outside spectators alike, so without further ado, hit the jump for the complete 2011 list.

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