SEGA have confirmed that a third Sonic the Hedgehog movie is already in development at Paramount Pictures, along with a new live-action Sonic series coming to Paramount+. The second movie releases this year, though a release date has not been given for the third movie yet.
SEGA announced in a recent press release that development on a third Sonic the Hedgehog live-action movie has already entered development. However, they also announced a brand new live-action Sonic series coming to Paramount+ in 2023, which will be centered around Knuckles voiced by Idris Elba.
Brian Robbins, President and CEO of Paramount Pictures & Nickelodeon, released a statement saying:
“For more than three decades, Sonic the Hedgehog’s universe of vibrant, unique characters has generated one of the most passionate fanbases. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with SEGA, Neal Moritz, and all our creative partners as we explore additive ways to holistically scale the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise across platforms and captivate its loyal audience around the world.”
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is due to release on 8 April 2022. It will once again star Ben Schwartz as Sonic, who encounters Elba’s Knuckles and Tails, voiced by Colleen O’Shaughnessey. Jim Carrey will also reprise his role from the first film as Dr. Robotnik alongside James Marsden who will return as Tom.
The first Sonic the Hedgehog movie released in 2022 to mostly positive reviews, with many fans calling it a fun albeit flawed video game movie. Nonetheless, it still falls on the better side of live-action video game movies, with particular praise going to its faithfulness to source material, witty script and Sonic’s more game-accurate redesign.
In addition to the live-action Sonic movies and series currently in development, SEGA will also release the upcoming AAA game Sonic Frontiers sometime in 2022 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch and PC. It will mark the first Sonic game to feature open-world gameplay.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 releases in cinemas on 8 April 2022.
Source: SEGA (via Deadline)