Netflix is really getting into the game right now.
Netflix subscribers in the UK will be able to watch Detective Pikachu and Sonic the Hedgehog later this month.
There has been a stigma attached to movies based on video games for a very long time, and it is probably justified. This probably dates back to the Super Mario movie from the early ’90s. The movie was about as far removed from a faithful adaptation of the games as it gets. Fast forward almost 30 years and the film industry has transformed this ship.
So much so that Hollywood is once again trying to move Mario to the big screen. Don’t panic, this time the film will be animated and a star cast will cast familiar faces from the Mushroom Kingdom. There’s still over a year to go until the Mario movie hits theaters, but in the meantime Netflix has you covered on the video game movie front.
Detective Pikachu and Sonic the Hedgehog will both be available to watch on Netflix in the UK before the end of this month. Detective Pikachu, starring a Ryan Reynolds-voiced Pikachu, arrives on the platform on November 16. Sonic will move to the streaming service 11 days later on November 27. Both are partly responsible for the reversal of opinion on video game films in recent years.
Detective Pikachu is actually based on a lesser-known Pokémon derivative game on the 3DS. The film takes inspiration from it while packing as many Pokémon as possible, drawing in hard-core trainers and casual fans who may not have played the games in several years. Sonic’s success was the biggest surprise of the two, especially after Paramount revealed the original design for the movie version of the Hedgehog.
Its release was delayed so the design could be changed, and the final Sonic was much closer to what fans are familiar with. Sonic the Hedgehog hit theaters just before the world crashed, breaking video game movie records. It has worked so well that it will have a sequel with Idris Elba as Knuckles. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is currently slated to hit theaters in April 2022, which could explain why it’s coming to Netflix in a few weeks.
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