The Sonic movie has drama. After its trailer hit, many fans called for Sonic to be redesigned due to his horrific face/entire body. Paramount acquiesced to these demands and delayed the film. While some people don’t know how to feel about the power of such input, others are more hopeful. One such individual is Sega Europe COO and president, Gary Dale. He recently spoke with Gamesindustry about the blue blur’s motion picture.
We all just want the Sonic movie to be good
Here is an excerpt describing SEGA’s feelings surrounding the decision to delay the picture:
I think everybody’s just keen to do the right thing. Obviously we have a very deep knowledge of the character and the brand. [Paramount] has a very deep knowledge of how to make movies. The trick is just to bring those two skillsets together to make the best film we can. To be fair, Paramount has been open to listening to feedback from the community around Sonic, which of course has got such a tremendously loyal fanbase with people with very specific views of who Sonic is, how Sonic should behave, how Sonic should look. And I think Paramount has taken a lot of that on board.
It would have been nice of Paramount to ask SEGA what Sonic is like before releasing that nightmare tease. Or even play the games. But I digress! It’s great it is trying to repair the bridge it burned with fans after showcasing Sonic’s human teeth.
What about other films?
After Gary’s response, Gameindustry inquired about a hypothetical situation where other SEGA movies are created with more creative control given to the company.
I don’t really think so. I think the opportunity with Sonic is a particular situation for that film. And I think there’s a view here that we’re very good at making video games and Paramount is very good at making pictures… This is a film. I think the idea that you try to control Paramount would be the wrong approach. But at the same time, for Paramount not to take into account our views on Sonic would also be wrong. I think we’re looking for a creative partnership that gets the best film. And over the years, I look at the success of game franchises in film and it’s very mixed. The idea that games makers can control the process and create great movies… I don’t know if that’s true or not.
Trust me, Gary, it’s best to have a collaborative effort. You can have a say in the creative process and make many gamers happy.
Hopefully, everything works out with the Sonic film. It’d be nice to have an entertaining movie that stays true to the spirit of the source material.
Fellow film buffs, are you more hopeful for the Sonic movie since its delay? Let us know in the comment field below.