A sequel to Sonic the Hedgehog is going ahead at Paramount.
The studio and Sega Sammy are moving ahead on a follow-up to the video game adaptation that was released early this year. Back on board to direct is Jeff Fowler, with screenwriters Pat Casey and Josh Miller returning as well.
The project is only just coming together and no casting announcements have been made as yet. James Marsden and Jim Carrey starred in the first film, with Ben Schwartz voicing Sonic.
Sonic the Hedgehog performed well at the box office, earning $US306.7 million in worldwide box office receipts from a budget of $US85 million. In the U.S. it scored the highest opening weekend ever for a video game movie. The film was also well received by critics and audiences; 64% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, where it also had an impressive 94% audience score.
It was an impressive result for the film, particularly one that had its first trailer met with widely negative reactions regarding Sonic’s design. “The message is loud and clear… you aren’t happy with the design & you want changes,” Fowler had posted to fans after the backlash. “It’s going to happen.” The character was redesigned and the film was updated. It certainly paid off.