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Gaming Movies: Sonic Opens Pandora’s Box

I could probably count on one hand the number of people I know that actually thought the Sonic movie was going to be good or at least enjoyable. Probably less people who thought it would actually make back the budget invested into it.

All in all…it’s enjoyable. That’s what it is. It wasn’t trying too hard to be too many things. It’s Sonic on screen.

But that’s not why I’m writing this. Many of us are all too aware of how bad video games translate into movies. Most video games that turn into movies simply want to be forgotten: Resident Evil, Super Mario Bros., and whatever movie decided to combine Adam Sandler, Pac-Man, and Tyrion Lannister.

But Sonic did something different. It listened to the fans (sort of)…came up with a redesign…and threw it on screen. It didn’t even try to take itself too seriously because it’s a movie of a blue hedgehog and Jim Carrey. Cut and print.

And it worked!

When something like this happens you just know studio executives are looking down and going, “I wonder what else will work?'” Yes, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto isn’t too found of bringing his beloved Mario back on screen (can’t blame him). But the movie industry is sniffing around for fresh blood and audiences are always demanding more.

With Marvel entering phase 4 and nothing really out there it’s only a matter of time before a couple of well dressed suits are sitting in an office and discussing bringing Samus Aran on screen. Think about it…bounty hunter…Ridley…big screen. It’s the perfect sci-fi horror movie. Just a teaser trailer would make tickets sell out.

Don’t think it’ll happen?

Then imagine A Legend of Zelda trilogy being announced. It would become the Lord of the Rings of 2020’s. The amount of material they could work with and the amount of money they would throw at it can’t even be measured. How much would you pay to go see it? Thought so.

Sonic games have had their own flavor, hate, and love towards them. But movies and video games just one step closer to merging together it’s simply a matter of time.

Don’t be surprised when you see Donkey Kong throwing barrels in IMAX. Don’t say no one ever warned you that the Kirby movie would break box office records despite being a pink puff ball whose enemy is penguin.

I believe that Sonic has opened Pandora’s box–a box that held in the imagination that video games and movies could be one. Now that it’s open…just sit back and place your bets for whose next.

Written by Yensin Atagah

I'm a writer that works mostly with middle grade fantasy and fiction with the occasional young adult and romance. I believe a good story should always rely on a strong backbone structure to keep people interested. I've also worked in medicine for a number of years and know way more medical terminology than I'd care to say.

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