‘Sonic The Hedgehog’ Sequel Officially A Go

Jeff Fowler To Return As Director

Given our COVID-shortened movie year, Sonic the Hedgehog may end up one of 2019’s greatest success stories. Earning over $300M worldwide, it became the highest-grossing movie ever based on a video game, and that’s with a theatrical run shortened by the pandemic. So it’s no surprise at all that Paramount is moving fast on a sequel, with the original creative team coming back for a second lap.

Director Jeff Fowler confirmed his return on Twitter. He’ll be joined by screenwriters Pat Casey and Josh Miller…

It’s too early to know if Ben Schwartz will return as the voice of Sonic, or if Jim Carrey will once give us another bonkers performance as Dr. Robotnik. Good lord I hope so.

Sonic the Hedgehog is based on the popular Sega video game mascot, the face of the bestselling franchise since 1991. In the movie, he’s forced to leave his faraway home for a new one on Earth, where he faces enemies who’d like to harness his incredible speed. The film also starred James Marsden and Tika Sumpter.

Paramount almost had a disaster on their hands with the release of the movie’s first trailer, showing a Sonic design that was weirdly human and far from what fans wanted. Fowler and the art team went to work on totally redesigning Sonic, and pushing the release date from November to February. The extra time investment obviously paid off.

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