Paramount Pictures and Sega Sammy confirmed on May 28 that shooting has started on a sequel to Sonic the Hedgehog, with the original creative team of director Jeff Fowler and writers Pat Casey and Josh Miller coming back too.
Earlier this year, Sega's iconic furry blue hedgehog made his first cinematic appearance. The movie was pretty well received in the box office managing to make over 300 million dollars, which is a brand new record for a video game-to-film adaptation.
Given the incredible performances of both Ben Schwartz, who played the title character, and Jim Carrey for playing Sonic's longtime adversary Doctor Eggman, the movie also went on to become the second highest-grossing film of 2020 (right after Bad Boys for Life).
And now, both Sega Sammy and Paramount Pictures have confirmed on May 28th that development on a sequel to the first movie is officially underway.
The film will also see a reunion of director Jeff Fowler and writers Josh Miller and Pat Casey, the creative team for the first movie, according to Variety.
If it weren't for Fowler redoing the awful CGI design of Sonic as a response to the backlash from the official first trailer for the movie, fans would have certainly chewed the makers alive on social media and anywhere else online. So it's good we're getting the same creative team for the first film back for a second time. With that being said, it's also a given that we'll also be seeing the leading actors reprise their rules, especially Ben Schwartz (Sonic the Hedgehog), Jim Carrey (Doctor Eggman), and James Marsden (officer Tom Wachowski).
This is, without a doubt, incredible news for Sonic fans both of the videogame and the movie community. It's also excellent news for Fowler, who's been looking forward to a sequel to continue the little blue devil's story from where it left off.
Ever since Sonic caught the attention of the maniacal Doctor Robotnik (Eggman), Sonic has no other choice but to leave for another world using the rings that brought him to Earth in the first place. Sadly, before he could get a chance to do so, Sonic's human friend Tom (James Marsden) accidentally caused Sonic to lose the rings after opening a portal to San Francisco.
The film ends with Sonic defeating Doctor Robotnik on Mushroom Planet and moving in with Tom and his wife Maddie (Tika Sumpter). Because of his heroism, the US government decides to let Sonic live in peace on Earth, as well as eradicate any of their cooperation with Dr. Robotnik.
One of the first credit sequences of the movie focuses on Dr. Robotnik who is still on Mushroom Planet, only this time looking a lot more like his video game self. He is shown having one of Sonic's quills and vows to return despite having virtually no resources and supplies and befriending a rock.
The real treat, however, came in the second post-credit sequence, which takes us back to Green Hills, where a ring portal opens revealing none other than Sonic's genius orange fox sidekick Tails. From what we've gathered, it seems Tails has picked up on Sonic's signal and is worried if he may be too late for something.
This may be a potential plot point for the sequel where we will likely see how Sonic and Tails met when they were kids and what exactly is it that Tails is worried about.
Given that we've just heard the news about the sequel's development, it is possible that we will likely not see the film on our screens until 2021, or possibly even 2022 given the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that the world is currently dealing with. For now, all we can do is pray that the pandemic has been quelled before the end of this year so that we can peacefully wait for the arrival of the sequel in the coming year.