Sonic the Hedgehog producer Tim Miller thinks fans will like the upcoming redesign. Before the first footage was even unveiled, fans of the little blue hedgehog were worried about the big screen adaptation. Things took a negative turn when a teaser poster was released to movie theaters, featuring Sonic’s new lengthy blue legs with buff calf muscles. From there, it was all downhill. When the first trailer dropped earlier this year, fans were appalled by what they saw when the cartoonish video game character had two human eyes and teeth.
Tim Miller is currently out promoting his upcoming San Diego Comic-Con appearance for Terminator: Dark Fate and he was asked for a Sonic the Hedgehog update. Miller serves as producer on the project, while Jeff Fowler is on board as director. “This is a franchise, and it has to be great,” says Miller when talking about how important bringing Sonic to the big screen is. Miller had this to say.
“Look, I was with fans and so was Jeff. When the sh*t hit the fan, went over there and said, ‘The most important thing to do, man, is say, I f*cked up.’ He’d already sent a tweet out an hour before I got there. He’s a good man. It was exactly the right way to handle that. The fans have a voice in this too. There’s a right way to listen.”
When asked if he had seen the new Sonic redesigns, Tim Miller said, “in fact I have. And I think the fans will be pleased.” Even Sonic creator Yuji Naka was not happy with the original design and thought the character needed more “balance.” Before the full look was released, Miller prepared fans by stating the idea behind the movie was always to give the character a realistic look. With that being said, this is the first positive update we’ve had about the movie in quite some time.
The realistic look was not what Sonic the Hedgehog fans wanted to see at all and they let the world know. The trailer created, and is still creating, memes that have been spread far and wide. It’s going to be very interesting to see how fans react to the redesign after witnessing the original version Jeff Fowler and crew came up with. The Sonic movie was originally set to hit theaters this November, but it will instead debut in February, thanks to the redesign.
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Paramount is going to have to get creative when looking to market Sonic the Hedgehog again when the time comes. It’s going to be hard to reboot the promotional campaign, but if the redesign is as good as Tim Miller thinks it is, the studio should have no problem getting the project to become a box office success upon its Valentine’s Day 2020 release date. Sonic is one of the most beloved video game characters of all time and the upcoming movie has the potential to spawn sequels and spin-offs, if everything is handled correctly. The interview with Tim Miller was originally conducted by Variety.