Paramount gives a green light to the sequel with Jeff Fowler back in the director’s chair, while Pat Casey and Josh Miller are returning to write the script.
“Sonic the Hedgehog” is set to sprint for another lap. A sequel to the video game adaptation is in the works at Paramount, following the hugely successful performance of the first movie. Paramount Pictures and Sega Sammy confirmed the news on Thursday, May 28.
The sequel will bring back its team of filmmakers, with Jeff Fowler returning on the director’s chair, and Pat Casey and Josh Miller being tapped to write the script again. Neal H. Moritz, Toby Ascher and Toru Nakahara are producing the picture, while Hajime Satomi, Haruki Satomi and Tim Miller are on board as executive producers.
According to Variety which first reported the news, “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” is still in the development stage so decisions have not been made yet regarding casting or a production start date. In the first movie, Ben Schwartz voices the CGI-animated titular character, while James Marsden stars in live-action role as Sonic’s new best friend Tom. Jim Carrey portrays the villain in the first movie, Dr. Robotnik, with Tika Sumpter starring as a veterinarian and Tom’s wife, Maddie Wachowski.
Based on the popular video game franchise from Sega, the first film was initially met with skepticism after the original design of Sonic was heavily criticized by fans due to a more humanlike physique of the character, with new running sneakers, two separate eyes and muscled legs. In response to the criticism, Fowler announced that Sonic would be redesigned, causing a delay from its original release date of November 8 to February 14, 2020.
“Sonic the Hedgehog” was eventually released on January 25 of this year to majorly positive reviews. Commercially, it opened to $58 million at the box office, marking the biggest opening for any video game film ever. With a total of $146.1 million in the United States and Canada, it is now the highest-grossing video game movie of all time domestically, while earning $306.7 million globally.