In an interview with LADbible, Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka has said Sega is not in control of the Sonic the Hedgehog movie. While the producers of the film reach out to Sega for advice, Paramount Pictures is ultimately responsible for creating a successful film:
It’s not a SEGA movie – we’re not making it, or anything – and I’m only an advisor, really. But I do get shown things, and the [movie team] ask for my opinion. I’m also listening to what the fans are saying, and I’ll feed that back to the director – he, and the producers, are very interested in receiving that feedback. At the end of the day, it’s up to the team at Paramount to make something successful, but we’re all looking forward to seeing the finished movie.
It’s reassuring to hear Sega is communicating all the fan feedback to the producers. Hopefully, this effort won’t go to waste.
At least Paramount already seems to be listening to fan outcry. After all, they are redesigning the movie’s titular character. Only time will tell how this project will unfold.
In the meantime, Iizuka is busy as producer of Sumo Digital’s Team Sonic Racing, which releases on May 21, 2019 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. And Sonic Team itself is working on a new mainline Sonic title.