Minecraft movie director wants to avoid an "ugly Sonic" situation

How about "unique" Sonic instead of ugly?

16 January 2024
by rawmeatcowboy 1

We’re now two Sonic the Hedgehog movies deep, with a third in the works and a Knuckles TV series coming as well. Things are going quite well for Sonic in Hollywood, making it easy to forget just how bumpy the road was when Sonic’s cinematic efforts kicked off.

Countless things have riled up the internet over the years, but Sonic’s silver screen debut might have been one of the worst. The first trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie revealed a design for Sonic that both angered and horrified fans, so much so that poking fun at Sonic became part of the zeitgeist for awhile. It also led to the film’s trailer being one of the most disliked on YouTube, which isn’t exactly how you want to kick off a film’s promotional tour.

The backlash was so loud and strong that the powers that be took Sonic back to the drawing board for a redesign, which resulted in a style that fans found much more pleasing. That design is the one the movies continue to roll with now, so I guess all’s well that ends well. Still, going down that path is one any movie director would want to avoid, and that includes Jared Hess.

Hess is the next director to tackle a game-to-movie adaptation, as he’s helming the upcoming Minecraft film. In an interview with The Salt Lake Tribune, Hess had one clear goal for the Minecraft movie; he doesn’t want to end up in a Sonic-like situation.

“I think anybody that does any IP, they just want to avoid an ugly ‘Sonic’ situation. I just can’t disappoint the 10-year-olds, or they’re going to murder us.”

[Jared Hess]

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5M ago

Wait, the NAPOLEON DYNAMITE guy is in charge of this movie now?! How many other directors have they gone through now?

Maybe instead of worrying about the Ugly Sonic situation, he should be worried about his limited niche appeal harming the movie in the box office.