Sonic is a staple of 90’s nostalgia. Launched in 1991, the notable Sega star has been at the forefront of video game culture ever since. For most, the new Sonic games offer little to no enjoyment now, the most recent game in the franchise, Sonic Forces (2017), was met with poor reviews and heavy criticism. If Sega Sammy Holdings Inc. thought that was bad, I have no idea what they anticipated when they commissioned a Sonic The Hedgehog live action movie.
In a time where live action remakes are all the rage, it seems Sonic may be the next in line. It doesn’t take much research to realise that generally, Live Action movies are widely disparaged. Death Note, originally a Japanese manga series, with a hugely successful and popular anime series, was given a live action remake in 2017 by Netflix. It was so far from the original concept and consequently was torn apart by critics, the protagonist, Light, was portrayed so differently he was near enough unrecognisable. The directors and writers ruined every character trait. It’s currently rated 38% on Rotten Tomatoes.
This is what worries me so much about the live action remake of Sonic. It’s a franchise that’s spanned nearly three decades, the original TV series and early games are nothing short of superb. If the live action remake follows the same unforgettable fate as Netflix’s Death Note then it could tarnish and damage the reputation of the brand forever.
My only hope is that I’m proved very wrong. Jeffrey Fowler, the director, has a huge task on his hands. His full-length directorial debut is such a momentous task that I’m sure many directors would have turned this down without a second thought. Tim Miller, the director of Deadpool, has been named as Executive Producer.
Pokemon: Detective Pikachu will also be revamped next year with a live action remake. I’m holding out hope for both movies as it seems unfair to judge them so long before their release. If both films are as bad as I anticipated; then 2019 will be the year our childhoods died.