It’s official – Sonic the Hedgehog is getting a sequel.
The live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie starred Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sega’s classic video game hero.
According to Variety, the hit family film is now getting a sequel. It looks as though it’s already in production, too as Paramount Pictures confirms the news.
“Paramount Pictures and Sega Sammy confirmed on Thursday that they have commenced development on a sequel to the live-action family comedy. The sequel would reteam the filmmakers, with Jeff Fowler directing, and Pat Casey and Josh Miller writing the script.”
The first film retells the tale of Sonic the Hedgehog with a modern twist. Here, we find the famous blue hedgehog settling into a new home here on Earth instead of the classic Green Hills Zone of the video games.
It also starred Jim Carrey in an electric performance as the renowned Sonic villain, Dr. Robotnik.
But will the cast of the original live-action hit be back?
“The movie is still in the development stage so decisions have not been made yet regarding casting or a production start date.”
Sonic the Hedgehog stars Ben Schwartz as the blue speedster with James Marsden firmly acting within his comfort zone as the human best buddy. It’s not a hugely original formula, with Marsden stepping into similar roles for the likes of 2011 family film, Hop. But it still works.
And it certainly seems like a smart decision for Paramount Pictures. After all, Sonic the Hedgehog managed a respectable $306 million at the worldwide box office. It was also the #1 opening weekend of all time for a movie based on a videogame.
Will Sonic the Hedgehog 2 be a runaway success? For now, we’ll have to wait and see. But if the upcoming sequel can get Ben Schwartz, James Marsden and Jim Carrey back on board, I can’t help thinking they’re onto a winner.
Sonic the Hedgehog was released in cinemas on 14 February 2020.