Ever since Paramount unveiled the shadowy first poster for the upcoming live-action adaptation of the popular Sonic the Hedgehog video game series, the titular blue eulipotyphlan has been taking criticism for his newer, more realistic look. The backlash reached a fever pitch last week when the first trailer for the film dropped online.
In response, Jeff Fowler, the film’s director, recently took to Twitter to let concerned Sonic fans know that their voices have been heard and to announce that the character will receive a fresh redesign prior to the film’s November 8 release date:
“Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear… 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”
It will be interesting to see how this reported redesign will impact the film’s marketing and/or release date. Seeing is how the colorful rodent is the protagonist of the film, updating every frame with a new digital model before it hits theaters later this year is a tall order. Will we not get new Sonic the Hedgehog trailers until the work is complete? I suppose we’ll have to wait to see.
Sonic the Hedgehog stars Ben Swartz as the voice of Sonic. James Marsden and Jim Carrey both co-star in live-action roles.
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