Do you remember what the last hit movie in theaters was before everything shut down? It was — to the surprise of everyone who’d been following its rocky development — Sonic the Hedgehog. Debuting on Valentine’s Day, it silenced all naysayers with a warm critical reception and the biggest opening weekend a video game picture has ever earned.
There was a time when everyone was expecting a lemon. The first trailer for the film came out in April of 2019, and displayed a half-human distorted Sonic so disturbing that the cries of anguish from fans, and from upset babies who happened to glance at their parents’ computer screens, was deafening.
There was still time to make a fix, so Paramount called the man who’s come to represent the bridge between Sonic’s fandom and creators: artist Tyson Hesse. Hesse redesigned the cinematic version of the ‘hog in record time, and after a delay of several months, a much more respectable Sonic appeared in a new trailer.
On February 14 the Sonic movie was released, starring Ben Schwartz as the titular blue thing, James Marsden as the small town sheriff who becomes his buddy, Adam Pally as the sheriff’s co-worker, and Jim Carrey returning to his zany roots as an unhinged Dr. Robotnik. For saving the picture, Hesse was rewarded with free donuts.
— Tyson Hesse (@tyson_hesse) May 20, 2020
Given all this, it shouldn’t be surprising that Sega and Paramount are now working on a sequel. Variety broke the details. Jeff Fowler is returning to direct, and Pat Casey and Josh Miller, the writers of the first one, will pen the second. Serving as producers are Neal H. Moritz, Toby Ascher and Toru Nakahara, with Hajime Satomi, Haruki Satomi and Tim Miller overlording as executive producers.
That is all we know at this early date, besides the fact that Tails will be in it (like you can have any kind of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 without Tails, come on). The movie is in pre-production and currently has no release window.