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'Deadpool' Director Tim Miller to Helm 'Sonic the Hedgehog' Movie

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Rebounds can be tough.

Plenty of people over the course of human history have thrown themselves into the arms of unusual partners, in a desperate attempt to get over a breakup as quickly as possible.

If you’re one of these people, Tim Miller knows how you feel.

Having had to end his blossoming relationship with Deadpool, thanks to a jealous love triangle (it’s pretty tough to compete with Ryan Reynolds), Miller has thrown himself into the arms of the first fictional character to show him even the slightest bit of affection.

So who is the Deadpool director jumping into bed with now that the raunchy, R-rated character who stole his directorial virginity doesn’t want him anymore?

None other than Sonic the Hedgehog.

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Terrible idea, right? Nothing more than an awful rebound?

Well, maybe not—Tim Miller might actually be the perfect director to make a Sonic movie actually work.

The idea of a live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie has been bouncing around Sony headquarters for several years now—in one leaked email from the Sony Pictures hack, an executive referred to the character as "Sonic the Hedgedog," suggesting that the studio doesn’t exactly have a solid grasp on what the nineties icon represents.

On the other hand, though, perhaps that’s for the best—a faithful cinematic adaptation of the Sonic brand would be a movie about a washed up video game character who hasn’t made a decent game in decades.

Tim Miller’s movement from working on a Deadpool sequel to creating a movie about a cartoon blue rodent might seem like a pretty strange detour for his career—after all, video game fans will be aware that any time Sonic tries to get even the slightest bit edgy, the results are excruciating.

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That said, simply by placing his name on the project, Tim Miller has done the impossible, and made a Sonic the Hedgehog movie sound like it could be even remotely fun.

In truth, there are few directors in Hollywood that would be quite as capable as Miller at making a decent movie from this particular IP.

Miller’s background in visual effects has led to an impressive portfolio of work, including a lot of the funkier digital elements in movies like Thor: The Dark World. With Deadpool, Miller proved himself very capable of creating stellar CGI/live action hybrid shots that are both believable, and very cost efficient (something that Sony will no doubt appreciate).

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What’s more, though, Miller’s directorial style on Deadpool is fun, quirky, and has an irreverent sense of humor while also containing an unexpectedly earnest spark of humanity.

After all, what is Deadpool, but a gory comic book version of a Saturday morning cartoon?

So maybe don’t write off Tim Miller’s next project just yet. With his move from Deadpool 2 to Sonic the Hedgehog, we might just end up with a decent movie starring the Fastest Thing Alive.

After all, with the Flash movie hitting more development troubles, someone’s got to take on making a decent film about an irreverent speedster.


Matthew loffhagen

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