Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Delayed Until 2020 So VFX Artists Don't Have to Crunch for the Redesign

Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Delayed Until 2020 So VFX Artists Don't Have to Crunch for the Redesign

The filmmakers are making sure they get Sonic just right.

The live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie has been delayed until 2020. The news comes from the film's director Jeff Fowler who specifically mentions the fear that visual effects artists might be crunched in order to redesign Sonic by the film's original 2019 release date.

Live-action Sonic movie director Jeff Fowler tweeted today that the planned redesign for Sonic will push the film back. It has been moved from its original November 8, 2019 release date to February 14, 2020. Fowler specifically uses the hashtag "#NoVFXArtistsWereHarmedInTheMakingOfThisMovie" a specific response to fears online that VFX artists would suffer the most while trying to redesign Sonic in time for the original release date.

The design for Sonic in the live-action movie was hugely criticized when its was revealed officially last month. Fowler then tweeted that after listening to the feedback, the filmmakers have decided to redesign Sonic to become more inline with fans' expectations.

This kicked off separate worries that the VFX team and artists responsible for the design would have to work overtime or crunch to meet the film's November release date. The original date was just six months away from the trailer reveal, after all.

Luckily Fowler and the filmmakers may have heard these worries as well. Or discovered that redesigning the visual effects for a live-action movie couldn't be done in six months. Either way, it's good that the film won't overwork its artists in order to appease internet critics.

With this news, the decision to redesign Sonic appears to be a conscionable attempt to get things right. And if we're being honest, Sonic really did look a little weird.

Sonic the Hedgehog will hit theaters on February 14, 2020.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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