Sonic film director Jeff Fowler has said he’d be interested in working on a Super Smash Bros. adaptation, but admits there are some legal hurdles to overcome.
In an interview with ComicBook.com, Fowler was asked if he would ever want to direct a theatrical adaptation of the Super Smash Bros. franchise, having just left the film Sonic the Hedgehog 2, which he directed after the first part in 2020. He stated that he was open to the idea of a crossover, although there were some logistical issues to consider.
“Nothing would make me happier than just throwing all the characters into a battle royale and doing a big Smash Bros. thing. That would probably require some work from the attorneys before that could happen,” Fowler said, pondering what it would entail. “To get Mario and Sonic in the ring, I mean everyone would die for that right? That’s just classic.”
As the outlet notes, Sega owns all of the characters from the Sonic franchise, but Nintendo owns Super Smash Bros and many of the characters associated with it, so there’s likely some legal clearance that needs to be ticked off in order to merge the two into one film. However, Mario is coming to theaters later this year in an animated film from Universal and Illumination.
Nintendo is also said to be exploring animation projects beyond Super Mario, and early reports suggest Seth Rogen could be getting his own Donkey Kong movie. The project is reportedly already in the works at Illumination – the same animation studio working on the Super Mario Bros. movie starring Chris Pratt as everyone’s favorite Italian plumber.
Every video game movie in development (almost)
Sega is also working on several spin-offs and sequels for its burgeoning Sonic Cinematic Universe. It has already been revealed that a third Sonic the Hedgehog film is in development, while a Knuckle spin-off is in the works for Paramount Plus, with Idris Elba returning to play the red echidna after his first appearance as a character in Sonic to take over the hedgehog 2.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is now hitting theaters with a broad April 8 release date, and the film will appear to be “brimming” with Sonic 2 game references, as the sequel is expected to lean more towards Sega’s source material than the first Sonic -Movie sequence. which IGN gave it a 7 out of 10, calling it “a fast-paced joyride that will keep fans and kids alike entertained.”
Adele Ankers-Range is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter.
https://www.ign.com/articles/sonic-the-hedgehog-director-super-smash-bros-movie-prospects Sonic director wants to make a Super Smash Bros movie