Film adaptations of popular video games are very difficult to pull off, as proven by the last 25 years of panned gaming cinema.
Numerous beloved franchises have made the leap to the big screen, from Resident Evil to Super Mario Bros, but not a single one has been able to generate anything close to critical acclaim.
However, no video game movie has stumbled as dramatically as 2020’s Sonic The Hedgehog, which had to be taken back to the drawing board altogether.
As the movie releases worldwide, here’s everything you need to know about its tumultuous journey to cinemas…
What was wrong with the original Sonic the Hedgehog movie design?
On 30th April 2019, Paramount Pictures revealed the first look at their Sonic The Hedgehog movie and got a whole lot more than they bargained for.
The trailer, bewilderingly set to Gangsta’s Paradise by Coolio, featured a Sonic redesign intended to fit his transition into a live-action world.
His striking new look, which featured smaller eyes, human-like teeth and a more gaunt face, was subject to a staggeringly negative reaction from fans of the character and people prone to night terrors.
Therapist: Sonic with human teeth isn't real, he can't hurt you
The criticism was so passionate and far-reaching that the filmmakers decided to take action, as director Jeff Fowler announced on Twitter just a few days later.
Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear… you aren't happy with the design & you want changes. It's going to happen. Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be… #sonicmovie#gottafixfast ????✌️