‘Sonic’ Director Vows to Redesign Character Following Criticism

Jeff Fowler, director of Paramount’s Sonic The Hedgehog movie, has vowed to redesign the main character of the film following criticism of the appearance of the Hedgehog after the first trailer for the film hit this past weekend.

This tweet came after a strongly-worded interview with the film’s almost-cinematographer John Mathieson, who turned down the Sonic gig to instead be director of photography for Pokémon: Detective Pikachu.

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STH_01-01-27-04R – Ben Schwartz voices Sonic in SONIC THE HEDGEHOG from Paramount Pictures and Sega. Photo Credit: Courtesy Paramount Pictures and Sega of America.

“Funny enough, I was offered [Sonic the Hedgehog] and after watching the trailer I thought I’m so glad we don’t look like that,” Mathieson said to Newsweek.

“If all we’re talking about is how these two films look, our film is better than Sonic the Hedgehog and I’m sorry, I don’t care who I upset by saying that, but I think it looks better.” Mathieson said. “There’s no reason why you can’t shoot a film like [Detective Pikachu] or Sonic the Hedgehog on film. If you had, [Sonic the Hedgehog] would look more realistic. I look at Sonic the Hedgehog and I just go ‘yeah whatever.’”

We’ll let you know what reps from Paramount have to say about this redesign, which would result in a budget nightmare for the film, which is set to release on November 8th 2019.

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