Sonic the Hedgehog is getting a sequel despite its nightmarish beginning

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(Image credit: Paramount Pictures and Sega of America)

When Sonic’s original polarizing design was revealed, the internet was outraged (and equally horrified). But after an impressive overhaul, the Sonic the Hedgehog movie went on to become a box office success and earned itself a 93% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes

The good news is that for everyone who enjoyed the Blue Blur’s big screen outing, a sequel is officially underway. Speaking to Variety, Paramount Pictures and Sega confirmed that development on Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is still in its infancy, but Jeff Fowler will direct the film, and Pat Casey and Josh Miller will pen the script. 

Decisions on casting and a production start date have not been made, but if Jim Carrey doesn’t return to his role as the evil genius Doctor Robotnik, we’ll be shocked (and a little bit outraged). There’s no foreseeable reason why Ben Schwartz (the voice of Sonic) wouldn’t return, either.

Speed freak

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Lest we forget Sonic and his human teeth.  (Image credit: Paramount Pictures)

Though many dismissed Sonic the Hedgehog as yet another terrible video game to film adaptation (and there has been a lot), the live-action comedy gained the number one opening weekend of all time for a movie based on a game. After premiering in February, the film was also released early digitally in March due to widespread theater closures during the pandemic. 

Though Sonic's success may be seen as surprise, credit should be given to Paramount Pictures, who listened to fan feedback over Sonic's strange human-like design and delayed the film's release to ensure that the speedy hog looked more like Sonic instead of some unsettling, blue alien creature.

Adam Vjestica

Adam was formerly TRG's Hardware Editor. A law graduate with an exceptional track record in content creation and online engagement, Adam has penned scintillating copy for various technology sites and also established his very own award-nominated video games website. He’s previously worked at Nintendo of Europe as a Content Marketing Editor and once played Halo 5: Guardians for over 51 hours for charity. He is now an editor at The Shortcut.