'Deadpool' director Tim Miller joins Sony's 'Sonic the Hedgehog' film

By Wade Sheridan  |  Nov. 1, 2016 at 11:35 AM
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LOS ANGELES, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Tim Miller, the filmmaker behind Fox's smash hit Deadpool, has signed on to help Sony develop a film based on iconic video game character Sonic the Hedgehog.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Miller has joined the production as an executive producer alongside his longtime collaborator Jeff Fowler who is making his feature directorial debut with the film.

Miller and Fowler worked together at Blur Studio, a company co-founded by Miller that is known for creating animated shorts and cutscenes in video games.

"Jeff is an incredible director with strong story instincts," Miller 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."

The pair are joined by Fast and Furious producer Neal H. Moritz and Patrick Casey and Josh Miller who are penning the script.

Sonic, who celebrated his 25th anniversary in June when the film was first announced, made his first appearance on the Sega Genesis in 1991. The game involves Sonic and his partners Tails and Knuckles as they foil the plans of the evil Dr. Eggman.

Miller's involvement with the film comes after he exited Deadpool 2 over creative differences with star Ryan Reynolds.

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