Sydneysiders will remember the giant red building with the blue glass pyramid atop its imposing square presence at Darling Harbour as the final death rattle of ’90s gaming juggernaut Sega, where they tried to turn their franchise into a mini theme-park and dubbed it ‘Sega World’. But since the $80 million boondoggle’s inevitable closure in 2000, after a mere three years of very little trade, nobody has really seen or heard anything of Sonic The Hedgehog, the brand’s greatest hero.
Until now, that is.
Slated for release on January 9 next year, Sonic The Hedgehog is a live-action comedy based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega that centres on the infamously brash bright blue hedgehog and his zany antics.
Following the misadventures of Sonic as he navigates the complexities of life on Earth with his newfound human best friend Tom Wachowski (played by James Marsden, of Westworld and 27 Dresses fame), the pair of misfits join forces to try and stop the villainous Dr. Robotnik (played, of course, by the expertly villainous Jim Carrey) from capturing Sonic and using his immense powers for world domination.
The film also stars Tika Sumpter, with Ben Schwartz voicing the affable Sonic.
Though still several months from release in theatres, this will come as great news to kids of the ’90s who recall afternoons wasted in front of the cathode ray tube with consoles that now sell at the local Vinnies, whittling away their time playing as the lovable azure Erinaceinae.