Netflix and Sony Preparing New Elvis Presley Action Comedy Toon

Netflix is all shook up for Elvis. The streaming service has announced that has ordered an adult animated action comedy series featuring Elvis Presley. The show which is titled Agent King will be exec produced by Priscilla Presley and John Eddie and will be co-produced by Authentic Brands Group, Sony Pictures Animation and Sony Pictures TV, per Variety.

Actress and business magnate Priscilla Presley, who was married to Elvis from 1967 to 1973, told the trade pub, “From the time Elvis was a young boy he always dreamed of being the superhero fighting crime and saving the world! Agent King lets him do just that…My co-creator John Eddie and I are so excited to be working with Netflix and Sony Animation on this amazing project and getting the chance to show the world an Elvis they haven’t seen before.”

According to the official description of the show, “Elvis Presley trades in his white jumpsuit for a jet pack when he is covertly inducted into a secret government spy program to help battle the dark forces that threaten the country he loves — all while holding down his day job as the King Of Rock And Roll.”

Co-creators Presley and Eddie will also executive produce the series. Jerry Schilling is consultant, while Mike Arnold (Archer) will be the showrunner, writer and co-executive producer. Fletcher Moules will serve as supervising director and co-executive producer.

Netflix made the announcement on the anniversary of Presley’s death (August 16, 1977), which coincides with “Elvis Week,” a Graceland celebration of Elvis’ music, movies and legacy.

Here’s hoping that audiences can’t help falling in love with the show, won’t look at it with suspicious minds and don’t return it to sender.

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Agent King

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Sony Unveils Ambitious New Slate and Production Drives at Annecy

Sony Pictures Animation’s president Kristine Belson shared exclusive visuals from the studio’s upcoming movies—next month’s The Angry Birds Movie 2, 2020’s The Mitchells vs. the Machines (produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller) and the musical (which features songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda). Head of production Pam Marsden also shared a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the studio’s Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Belson also shared the studio’s new logo and noted, “Sony Pictures Animation is committed to making big, bold movies, where the hand of the artist, the hand of the filmmaker, is strongly felt,” said Belson. “We celebrate the fact that we do not have a house style. We intend to continue down the path that we are on – bringing all audiences stories from around the world, stories no one else is telling – and do so in a way that pushes the boundaries of animated storytelling.”

International Initiative

Oscar-winning producer Aron Warner (Shrek, The Book of Life) announced Sony Pictures Animation’s international initiative, which he is spearheading. With this initiative, Sony Animation will collaborate with storytellers from different countries around the world to develop and produce a wide variety of animated features for both local and global release.

Said Warner, “We are at a very critical point in our history as humans. The future is all of us working together, learning from each other’s stories, mistakes and triumphs. There are countless great stories out there that most of the world has never heard, and every day there’s a new director, writer or artist with a vision stepping up to the plate to lead a team and create something new. I truly believe this is the next big leap in the art form of animation and I’m honored, humbled and incredibly lucky to be part of this project.”

Warner is currently producing the initiative’s first release, Wish Dragon an imaginative and touching tale about the power of friendship set in modern-day Shanghai. The film, directed by Chris Appelhans (Coraline) and set to release in China in 2020, is a co-pro between Sony Pictures Animation, Beijing Sparkle Roll Media, Tencent and Base Media.

Alternative State

Sony Pictures Animation vice presidents Katie Baron and Kevin Noel joined the stage to announce Sony Animation’s alternative initiative, which is inclusive of a slate of serial projects and features aimed at mature audiences. Said Noel, “We want to continue to tell stories that speak to modern audiences, while exploring different methods of storytelling that are appealing to new filmmakers and artists.” Added Baron, “With this new initiative, we are expanding opportunities for artists inside Sony Animation, and also aiming to attract talent known for their work outside of the family space.”

Baron and Noel unveiled three shows in development at the studio: Hungry Ghosts, Superbago and The Boondocks.

Hungry Ghosts is based on the Dark Horse Graphic Novel by the late Anthony Bourdain and Joel Rose. It is described as an anthology of frightening, hilarious, twisted, and culinary-inspired ghost stories. Each episode will range in tone and will look completely different from the last, taking advantage of various forms of animation to best fit each story.

Superbago a collaboration with Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, and previously developed as a feature film at Sony Animation, will be a half-hour comedy that blends claymation and live-action, and follows the adventures of two dimwitted animated heroes traveling in a very real Winnebago around the actual United States of America.

The return of The Boondocks, a co-production with Sony Pictures Television, is a complete re-imagining of the beloved and wildly rebellious animated satire for this modern era, and chronicles the adventures of the Freeman family against the evil local government tyrant Uncle Ruckus, who rules fictional Woodcrest County, Maryland with an iron fist.

Popular director Genndy Tartakovsky (Hotel Transylvania, Samurai Jack, Primal) also made a surprise appearance to give the audience a first look at visuals from two upcoming animated features he is developing at Sony Animation: Black Knight is an original, action-adventure epic that tells the story of a highly skilled and faithful knight who, after failing to protect his king, must transform himself into the Black Knight to save the kingdom. Fixed is the studio’s first R-rated comedy, directed by Tartakovsky is the story of an average, all-around good dog who is in love with the show dog next door, and what happens when he learns that he is going to get neutered in the morning. What does a dog do with his last night out with his besties?

Kristine Belson

Kristine Belson

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News Bytes: ‘Sonic’ Redesign Causes Delay, ‘Shrek’ vs. ‘Thrones,’ Sony Launches PlayStation Productions & More

Mattel & Warner Bros. CP Extend DC Global Toy Partnership
Mattel will continue to be the toy licensee for DC Universe characters and brands in the girls, preschool, vehicles, games and novelty categories, supporting and growing both existing franchises as well as new content from the DC Super Hero Girls brand.

“Mattel has been our partner on DC for over 15 years and really knows our characters and understands the special connection they have with our fans. Their leadership in the preschool, vehicle and girls categories will help us bring great toys and experiences to DC fans of all ages.” — Stephen Teglas, SVP for North America, WBCP

CALL FOR ENTRIES: animago 2019
The 23rd competition for 3D animation, vfx and design will be held Nov. 2-5 in Munich. Submissions are invited to enter for a shot at 10 competition categories, including the new Best In-Game Graphics award, Best Visual Effects, Best Game Cinematic, Best Short Film, Best Advertising Production, Best Character, Best Young Production, Jury’s Prize, Best Motion Design, and Best Still (public vote). Deadline: June 30, 2019.

Sony Interactive Launches Unit to Adapt Games for Film, TV
The new banner headed by Asad Qizilbash and overseen by Sony Interactive chairman of worldwide studios Shawn Layden will mine the PlayStation games property library for filmed entertainment hits. Titles like Tomb Raider and Ratchet & Clank have previously received live-action and animated movie adaptations.

“We looked at what Marvel has done in taking the world of comic books and making it into the biggest thing in the film world. It would be a lofty goal to say we’re following in their footsteps, but certainly we’re taking inspiration from that … We want to create an opportunity for fans of our games to have more touch points with our franchises. When fans beat a 40-50 hour game and have to wait three-four years for a sequel, we want to give them places they can go and still have more of that experience and see the characters they love evolve in different ways.” — Shawn Layden, SIE Chairman – Worldwide Studios.

Let Us Not Overlook ‘Shrek’s Contributions to ‘Game of Thrones’
One seemingly absurdTwitter thread has outshone every long-gestated fan theory about the show, tbh.

’Game of Thrones’ Alum Bryan Cogman Joins ‘Lord of the Rings’ Amazon Series
Speaking of fantasy epics! Cogman joined GoT as an assistant to creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, and went on to write many key episodes (including season 8 tearjerker “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms”) and wrap the show as a co-executive producer. The move to LotR is part of his overall deal with Amazon Studios. The new series will further explore Middle-earth outside the familiar book trilogy tale.

Jeff Fowler: ‘Sonic’ Date Pushed Back for Redesign
After the debut trailer for live-action/CG event feature Sonic the Hedgehog gave the entire collective internet a conniption and caused director Fowler to announce a redesign of the lead character, the helmer posted to Twitter Friday that the release is being delayed to accommodate the makeover. “Taking a little more time to make Sonic just right. #novfxartistswereharmedinthemakingofthismovie,” Fowler tweeted, with a sketch of Sonic’s gloved hand (are they turning his furry white hands back into gloves?!) holding a sign with the date February 14, 2020. The new date means Sonic debuts the same day as comic-book movie Kingsman 3 and a week after hybrid family flick Peter Rabbit 2.

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DC Universe toys

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Sony Pictures Animation Names Alison Mann VP Creative & Strategy

Sony Picture Animation has tapped Alison Mann as Vice President of Creative & Strategy. She will advise the studio on film and series development, specifically focusing on creating global-facing content and increasing international talent outreach. The new veep will report directly to SPA President Kristine Belson.

Mann moves to the newly created role from Illumination Entertainment, where she was a VP in the talent department. She got her start at Nickelodeon Animation as a finance department intern while a student at Columbia College Chicago. She continued at Viacom as talent recruiter. Mann’s resume also includes stints at Disney Animation Studio, Zynga, Disney Interactive and Paramount Animation.

Mann is also a co-founder and CEO of the BRIC Foundation, which aims to uplift women and people from underrepresented groups in animation and connect them with creative leaders and mentors.

SPA is releasing The Angry Birds Movie 2 (co-produced by Rovio, animation by Imageworks) on August 14 — Chinese co-pro Wish Dragon (with Base FX, Flagship Ent.), starring Jackie Chan and Constance Wu, is also due this year. Phil Lord & Chris Miller project The Mitchells vs. The Machines and Lin-Manuel Miranda musical Vivo are set for 2020, along with Peter Rabbit 2 (featuring critters by Animal Logic). Hotel Transylvania 4 is slated for a holiday 2021 release.

[Source: Variety]

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Sony Animation Snags Kickstarter Record-Setter ‘Hair Love’

Sony Pictures Animation has signed on to help bring an endearing animated story about family, self-acceptance and the African-American experience to screens with Hair Love, from BlackKklansman exec producer Matthew A. Cherry. The filmmaker’s first foray into animation set a new Kickstarter campaign record for a short film project back in 2017, raising nearly $ 300,000 from just shy of 5,000 backers.

The story centers on the relationship between an African-American father, his daughter, and her hair. When dad has to unexpectedly step in for mom to do his daughter Zuri’s hair before a big event, what seems like a simple task is anything but as these locks have a mind of their own!

Hair Love will be co-directed by Cherry (Whiskey Cavalier, The Red Line), also the short’s writer, and animator Everett Downing (story artist, The Boss Baby). Producers are Karen Toliver (SVP of Creative Development, Sony Pictures Animation), Cherry, Stacey Newton and Monica A. Young. Frank Abney and Peter Ramsey (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) are exec producers.

“In the past year, it has been very clear that audiences have been yearning to see fresh stories that are universal and culturally authentic,” Sony Animation President Kristine Belson told Deadline. “Hair Love is a wonderful father-daughter story and we are proud to nurture talented young filmmakers like Matthew who are breaking new ground.”

Learn more about the film on the project’s Kickstarter page.

[Source: Deadline]

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Matthew Cherry

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Sony Applies for Patent Protection for ‘Spider-Verse’s’ Innovative Animation

As Sony Pictures Animation prepares for an expected huge weekend at the box office with its well-reviewed Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (99% positive reviews on Rottentomatoes.com), the studio has applied for patent protection for the animation process and technologies used in its innovative film.

Sony claims the innovations of the film “go beyond stylistic originality or envelope-pushing success and qualify as a distinctly new invention,” according to an exclusive report in Deadline. According to Rodney Rothman, who directed the movie with Peter Ramsey and Bob Persichetti, the Sony team received a mandate “to basically challenge how animated movies are made and what they can be, from top to bottom.”

Completing the animation for the film required up to 140 animators, the largest crew ever used by Sony Pictures Animation for a film. Sony Pictures Imageworks and Sony Pictures Animation created a new visual language that pays homage to classic comic-book visuals and rebuilt the animation and lighting pipeline wholly from scratch. Attempting to replicate the original look of the Miles Morales-centered Spider-Man comic book series, each frame inside the 116-minute film comprises a computer-generated image (CGI) overlaid with a hand-drawn illustration. The result is a visual energy that is so different from the clean, precise CG animation we see again and again in animated studio blockbusters.

A a patent review process could take up to five years to determine, by which time we will probably be anticipating more Spider-Man sequels at the studio! The movie has already won several awards for Best Animated Film of 2018 (New York Film Critics Circle award, L.A. Film Critics Award, Broadcast Critics Award) and received Annie and Golden Globe nominations Best Animated Feature Film of the year before its release. Insiders are predicting good Oscar chances for Miles Morales and his friends at Sony, despite stiff competition from Pixar’s Incredibles 2.

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Sony Froms Euro, LatAm Partnerships for Mattel’s ‘Pingu’

Tokyo-based Sony Creative Products, which manages licensing in the Japanese market for Pingu on behalf of rights owner Mattel, has announced a new distribution partnership for the property with Sony Music Entertainment España, S.L., the Madrid-based music publishing and distribution company. The launch was formally announced at Brand Licensing Europe in London, with SCP President Hitoshi Hasegawa, SCP Licensing Manager Takeshi Nakamura, and SME Media Content Director Sergi Reitg in attendance.

SME will distribute the recently launched animated series Pingu in the City in a number of European and Latin American territories, handling all LatAm countries, excluding Brazil, as well as Spain, Portugal, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic.

SME is best known for managing local music artists in Spain but has a strong and well-established network for distributing animated programming. This partnership will build on the reach of the Sony Music Group worldwide, ensuring effective distribution for the new Pingu series as it extends its reach to new countries.

SCP and SME are also planning to create products and promotions targeting European markets that bring together SME-managed artists and Pingu. SCP is aiming to extend this business model to future partnerships involving animated and other properties.

Season one of the new, entirely Japanese made and produced computer animated TV series Pingu in the City (two seasons of 26 x 7’) launched on the NHK ETV channel on October 7, 2017, and has since enjoyed great success with young audiences. This delightful new series brings the cheeky, lovable penguin and his family from their small village to the big city, where he meets many other fascinating penguins, finds out about what they do and (inevitably) gets into trouble.

“We, at Sony Music Entertainment are thrilled about this new partnership with Sony Creative Products. It means the start of a new business venture in premium content as we share a common ambition to drive the growth of SCP’s entertainment content in Latin American territories,” said José María Barbat, President, SME España, S.L. “Since we started conversations early this year, we’ve felt our future together is highly promising. We accept the challenge to expand the Pingu property and we look forward to extending our shared dream in other entertainment projects.”

“This agreement with SME will provide a marvellous platform to extend the market for a delightful and highly entertaining reimagining of the Pingu story. It will also open up opportunities for innovative new business models,” commented SCP’s Nakamura. “We’re delighted to be announcing this highly significant partnership with SME at one of Europe’s most important licensing events.”

Mr. Sergi Reitg and Mr Hitoshi Hasegawa

Mr. Sergi Reitg and Mr. Hitoshi Hasegawa

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Sony Plans Monstrously Fun Summer for Prime Members

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

Amazon Prime members can get their summer started right, embarking on a monster cruise with the Drac Pack with exclusive access to an early showing of Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation! The Prime sneaks will take place at roughly 1,000 theaters across the US on June 30 — two weeks before the wide release.

“We can’t wait to welcome Prime members on this monster vacation before anyone else,” said Elias Plishner, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Digital Marketing for Sony Pictures. “Summer vacation has officially started, and this movie will be a perfect way for families and friends to spend quality time together.”

“Prime members all over the country went to theaters early to watch Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle not too long ago,” said Cem Sibay, VP of Amazon Prime. “Hotel Transylvania just happens to also be my daughter’s favorite and so I am especially excited to bring Prime members together — this time on a monster cruise ship in Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.”

Tickets are available now for Prime members at amazon.com/HotelT (up to 10 tickets per purchaser, while supplies last), powered by Atom Tickets. HT3: Summer Vacation opens wide on July 13.

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

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Sony Slates Animated ‘The Mitchells vs. The Machines’ for 2020

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The Mitchells vs. The Machines

We can all stop speculating about Sony Pictures Animation’s “Untitled Phil Lord & Chris Miller Project.” The Hotel Transylvania and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs studio has announced a new CG feature titled The Mitchells vs. The Machines, coming to theaters January 10, 2020 and produced by the creative duo.

Per the announcement:

The Mitchells vs. The Machines is an original animated comedy from producers Chris Miller and Phil Lord (The LEGO Movie, 21 Jump Street). The Mitchells are a dysfunctional but loving family whose road trip is interrupted by a tech uprising that threatens mankind: all around the world, the electronic devices people love – from phones, to self driving cars, to a sleek new line of personal robots – turn on humanity. With the help of two malfunctioning robots and the family’s delightfully overweight pug, the Mitchells will have to get past their problems and work together to save each other and the world!

The director is Mike Rianda, previously creative director/writer/voice actor on Gravity Falls; he also wrote the screenplay with co-director Jeff Rowe, also Gravity Falls alum. Lord and Miller are producing with Kurt Albrecht (Surf’s Up 2, Open Season: Scared Silly).

If anyone’s gonna stop a robot uprising, it’ll be a pug. Many of us have lost perfectly good electronics to chew-happy dogs!

The Mitchells vs. The Machines

The Mitchells vs. The Machines

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Sony Gets Hopping on ‘Peter Rabbit 2?

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Peter Rabbit 2

Sony Pictures has dated a sequel to its surprise hybrid box-office breakout Peter Rabbit, with the second CG/live-action adventure slated for February 7, 2020 in the US and March 27, 2020 in the UK, where it set a record as the studio’s biggest non-Bond success.

Directed by Will Gluck, the energetic modernization of Beatrix Potter’s classic characters defied critical skepticism to earn a worldwide take of $ 326,725,343 so far ($ 114,625,343 domestic), beating out either of the more highly praised Paddington films. Peter Rabbit stars Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson and Sam Neill, with Peter voiced by James Corden, and Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki and Daisy Ridley voicing his triplet sisters Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail, respectively.

Sony rescheduled an untitled animated feature project produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie), moving it up to January 10, 2020 to make room for Peter Rabbit 2.

The upcoming Sony Pictures Animation slate also includes this summer’s Hotel Transylvania 3 (July 13), Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Dec. 14), Jackie Chan co-pro Wish Dragon (July 26, 2019), and Lin-Manuel Miranda musical Vivo (Nov. 6, 2020).

[Source: Hollywood Reporter]

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Peter Rabbit 2

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Sony Reveals ‘Spider-Man’ First Look & Teaser

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Sony Pictures Animation is drawing us into its web with the heart-pumping new teaser trailer for its all-animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse! Revealed by producers Christopher Miller and Phil Lord (who also penned the screenplay) at Brazilian con CCXP in São Paulo this weekend, the spot gives our first glimpse at the film’s Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) and a world of many Spideys…

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is due out December 14, 2018. The film is directed by Bob Persichetti (head of story, The Little Prince), Peter Ramsey (Rise of the Guardians) and Rodney Rothman (EP, Forgetting Sarah Marshall). Avi Arad, Amy Pascal and Christina Steinberg are producers alongside Lord and Miller.

Synopsis: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The LEGO Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) falls through an alternate-universe New York City in Sony Pictures Animation’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) falls through an alternate-universe New York City in Sony Pictures Animation’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

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Karen Rupert Toliver Tapped as SVP Development at Sony Animation

Karen Rupert Toliver

Karen Rupert Toliver

Fox Animation and Disney veteran Karen Rupert Toliver has been hired on as the new Senior Vice President of Development at Sony Pictures Animation, Deadline reports. Toliver joins SPA fresh off of spearheading development of Fox/Blue Sky’s winter release Ferdinand, out December 13.

“As we build Sony Pictures Animation into a forward-looking studio we feel very fortunate to have Karen join our leadership team,” said Kristine Belson, President of Sony Pictures Animation. “Her experience, intelligence and excellent taste will be a tremendous advantage to achieving our ambitious creative goals.”

In addition to the upcoming bull tale, Toliver supervised the production of Fox’s Rio, Rio 2 and the last three Ice Age movies which totted up more than $ 3 billion in box-office all together. Previously, she was a production executive at Walt Disney Animation Studios, where her credits include Brother Bear, Chicken Little and Meet the Robinsons and brought the “Frog Princess” story into the studio, resulting in The Princess and the Frog (2009).

Sony Pictures Animation’s latest release is family faith film The Star, directed by Timothy Reckart. The nativity story was released Nov. 17 and has raked in $ 25M worldwide to-date. The studio’s upcoming slate includes Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (dir. Genndy Tartakovsky, July 13), the untitled animated Spider Man movie (Phil Lord & Chris Miller, Dec. 14), and hybrid reimagining Peter Rabbit (Will Gluck, Feb. 9).

Karen Rupert Toliver

Karen Rupert Toliver

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Sony Pictures Too Slow for ‘Sonic’

Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog

The upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie hit a bit of a bumper today when Sony let their film rights expire. It will find a home in the Green Hill Zone of Paramount pictures. Luckily for the project, the key players remain unchanged.

Deadpool director Tim Miller remains on board as a producer with Blur Studio’s Jeff Fowler, the mind behind the Oscar-nominated short Gopher Broke, set to direct in his feature film debut. Also producing is Neal H. Moritz under the Original Film banner. The film is allegedly being developed as a hybrid of live-action and CGI animation, though anyone who’s played 2006?s Sonic the Hedgehog can tell you placing Sonic in a realistic looking context has a mixed precedence.

The Sonic the Hedgehog series remains one of the most iconic video game franchises in history, spawning a series of platform games, offshoot pinball and puzzle games, animated TV shows, and one of the most infamously self-mocking Twitter accounts ever. The games depict the fastest Hedgehog alive in his battle against the nefarious and corpulent Dr. Eggman (translated to Dr. Robotnik in earlier games), along with his cadre of anthropomorphic companions, including Tails the Fox and Knuckles the Echidna. The games have a mixed legacy, with earlier games being hailed as classics and many recent games being derided as unplayable messes, but the blue hedgehog has seen a revival with the critically acclaimed retro-platformer Sonic Mania and the upcoming Sonic Forces. Can the immensely talented crew deliver an adaptation at Paramount that is way past cool?

Sonic’s big-screen debut occurred in Disney Animation’s Wreck-It Ralph back in 2012.

[Sources: Variety, Hollywood Reporter]

Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog

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Daily News Bytes: Inside ‘Rick and Morty’ Premiere, Jinkx Monsoon Is a Gem, Sony Goes ‘Princeless,’ & More!

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VIDEO: Inside “The Rickshank Redemption” – ‘Rick and Morty’
Series creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, writers Ryan Ridley and Mike McMahan talk us through the season 3 opener which explains what makes Rick tick — or doesn’t. Or whatever. Where’s my beer? (Rick and Morty season 3 premieres this Sunday at 11:30 p.m. ET on Adult Swim!)

Jinkx Monsoon Is Voicing a New ‘Steven Universe’ Gem, Ignites Heated Debate
The RuPaul’s Drag Race winner and big fan of Rebecca Sugar’s LGBTQ+-friendly hit series is the first non-binary person to voice a member of the non-binary alien race of Gems that populate the Steven Universe universe — Jinkx’s performance as Emerald featured in the SDCC sneak peek is on fire!

Sony Options Female-Empowerment Comic ‘Princeless’ for Movie
Big screen comic-book adaptations are increasingly going beyond the spandex-clad superhero schtick, and the Action Lab Comics series from Jeremy Whitley and Emily Martin would certainly open up a fresh can of femme-flavored whoopass. Two-time Emmy winner Stefani Robinson (Atlanta) is writing the script.

Dimitar Petrov Unvravels the Magical Spell of Balkan Legend Animated Series ‘The Golden Apple’
Art director/showrunner Petrov talks to Animation Xpress about his passion project series, currently in pilot production at Studio Zmei in Bulgaria. The central tale follows a group of humans and spirits searching for a magical fruit tree that appears once every 100 years with the power to undo all a person’s problems, set against a conflict between the mortal and spiritual worlds.

GALLERY: 6th Animation and Comics Beijing Festival Kicks Off Nearly 100 exhibitors displayed the latest fandom developments for an estimated 150K attendees at the event in Northern China last week.

Princeless

Princeless

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Pam Marsden Upped to Head of Production at Sony Animation

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Longtime producer and executive Pam Marsden has been promoted to the role of Head of Production at Sony Pictures Animation, where she had previously held the post of Executive VP Production for the last six years. Marsden will report to Kristine Belson, President of SPA.

“I am very fortunate to have Pam as my partner,” Belson said in a statement. “Not only has she masterfully led the dramatic growth of our operations and creative community, she’s done it all with positivity and humor which I am thankful for every day.”

As EVP of the department, Marsden supervised all projects for Sony Pictures Animation and has recently been overseeing the studio’s growth as it dramatically ramps up its output across platforms. 2017 will see the release of three theatrical features (Smurfs: The Lost Village, The Emoji Movie and holiday release The Star) as well as two series, a short film and a home video feature.

Prior to her executive position, Marsden produced for the studio Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and the sequel. She also got an early introduction to CG animation before joining SPA, having worked on Disney’s Dinosaur and home video movie Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas, as well as Barnyard.

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Sony Pictures Animation

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