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The Sonic the Hedgehog movie could be filming in the Comox Valley this September


Here’s some news that’s way past cool: Paramount Pictures’ Sonic the Hedgehog film may head to the Comox Valley for shooting this September!

The live-action/CGI hybrid film is an adaptation of SEGA’s long-running video game series, starring a blue hedgehog with a penchant for speed—and chili dogs.

In a letter to the Comox Valley Regional District, Vancouver Island North Film Commission (INFilm) commissioner Joan Miller said the commission has been asked to provide a letter of support for the use of a section of Highway 19 as a shooting location for the upcoming film.

A letter of support is required by the Ministry of Transportation before it can approve the use of the highway.

Hedgehog Films Inc. is planning to film scenes on a stretch near the Buckley Bay interchange on Sept. 13 through to Sept. 17, with shooting to take place from 6 to 9 a.m. each day.

According to the letter, the scenes will consist of a pickup truck being chased and forced to stop on the highway, which sounds very much like something Sonic would be involved with, honestly.

The shoot will involve a crew of 150 people, as well as local hires. “The local economic impact from this production will be significant,” Miller said.

The Comox Valley Regional District will vote on whether it provides a letter of support at its next meeting today, June 12.

Sonic the Hedgehog is scheduled for release on Nov. 15, 2019, and stars James Marsden as the famous blue blur. Jeff Fowler is set to direct.

Filming will take place primarily in Vancouver.

Myles Sauer
Former staff editor and writer at Victoria Buzz.

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