After surviving a delayed opening and a rushed redesign of its main character, the Sonic the Hedgehog movie went on to become North America's highest-grossing video game adaptation ever—so, naturally, there's going to be a sequel.
Variety reported out the news of a Sonic sequel yesterday, following confirmations from Paramount and Sega Sammy Holdings. There's no word yet on when production will start or who will be in it. You'd assume they'll want to bring back Ben Schwartz (Sonic) and Jim Carrey (Dr. Robotnik), but-no offense to James Marsden and Tika Sumpter-the big, obvious question for the sequel is who's going to play whatever other Sonic characters they introduce.
Director Jeff Fowler and writers Pat Casey and Josh Miller are currently attached to the sequel. For Fowler, who previously worked as a visual effects artist as Blur Studio under Deadpool director and Sonic executive producer Tim Miller, this will only be his second feature film. Prior to the Sonic film, Pat Casey and Josh Miller wrote several feature length comedies, including a few for National Lampoon.
It's fair to say that the Sonic movie's commercial success was surprising, or at least far from guaranteed, when you remember the reactions to the original, uncannily realistic design for Sonic. Paramount tapped longtime Sonic artist Tyson Hesse to lead the redesign effort and bumped the movie's release from November 2019 to February 2020 in order to give VFX artists more time to complete the rework. MPC Vancouver, the VFX studio behind the project, was actually shuttered in late 2019 before the film came out.
So far, Sonic is the second highest grossing film of the year at the worldwide box office. If you haven't seen it and are wondering if it's worth a watch, USgamer's Editor-in-Chief Kat Bailey reviewed the film for us.