The first Sonic the Hedgehog movie, released in February 2020, took in over $200 million in revenue. While we expect the second opus at the end of March, a third installment is already official with a TV series.
We remember that at the end of 2019, the movie Sonic the Hedgehog was preparing its release in cinemas… before suffering particularly virulent criticisms on the design of Sonic from the fans of the license. Sega and Paramount Pictures heard these criticisms: the release of the movie was finally postponed for several months in order to rework the character’s appearance and make him more in line with the games’ aesthetics. The choice was obviously wise: if the critics were rather mixed towards the film, Sonic the Hedgehog nevertheless generated nearly $320 million in revenue and holds the record for the best start for a video game adaptation in cinemas ($58 million in revenue on the day of its release).
This was enough for Paramount to produce a sequel, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, with the same artistic team (director Jeff Fowler and screenwriters Pat Casey and Josh Miller) and scheduled to be released on March this year.
The production company obviously does not intend to stop there. In a press release, Paramount Pictures and SEGA have announced that they are working on a third feature film. At this point, the duo does not specify if Jeff Fowler, Pat Casey and Josh Miller will once again be in charge of the project. For good measure, Paramount is also announcing a live-action series, scheduled for release in 2023 on the Paramount+ platform.
This will further contribute to the license’s notoriety, while the adventure/platform game Sonic Frontiers is expected later this year.