Tim Miller is going for gold (rings).
The director of last winter’s box office breakout Deadpool is set to develop a Sonic the Hedgehog film adaptation, EW has confirmed. Miller’s Blur Studio cohort Jeff Fowler will make his directorial debut on Sony’s computer-animated/live-action hybrid.
“Jeff is an incredible director with strong story instincts,” Miller, who will executive-produce, said in a statement. “The world of Sonic presents the perfect opportunity for Jeff to leverage his experience in animation to bring new dimension to this iconic character.”
Sonic has transformed into a beloved character and franchise since its creation in 1991. In the video games, the titular blue speedster races along many levels and locales, collecting gold rings with his animal allies (such as Tails the flying fox) while he tries to defeat the evil Dr. Eggman. Sonic games have racked up 350 million copies sold across various platforms through the years, including console and mobile games alike.
Miller abruptly left the director’s chair for Deadpool 2 last week due to reported “mutual creative differences” with star Ryan Reynolds.
Patrick Casey and Josh Miller (Golan the Insatiable) are writing the script for the Sonic adaptation. Fast and Furious vet Neal H. Moritz will produce the movie.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.