Production is underway for Sonic the Hedgehog 2. The first film released last year, and was a surprise hit. Making over $300 million worldwide, fans liked Sonic’s design and Jim Carrey’s portrayal of the nefarious Dr. Robotnik. Sonic the Hedgehog 2’s release date is next April.
Anticipation is certainly high for Sonic the Hedgehog 2. The first film did a good job establishing the blue hero’s universe. Sonic grew up on a more fantastical planet before being warped to Earth. Thus, the major aspect of the story was establishing Sonic living on the Earth. The other pivotal story element was Dr. Robotnik’s descent into Sonic’s greatest nemesis. At the end, Robotnik has completed his transformation into the villainous Dr. Eggman, mustache and all. However, the biggest thing the film introduced was Tails, opening the door to a wider universe of characters. Everything was set in place for a big followup. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was officially titled last month, complete with a familiar sounding tune for longtime fans of the games.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 has officially begun production. The news comes from Sonic the Hedgehog director Jeff Fowler, who is returning to the directing chair for the sequel. Check out the post below.
— Jeff Fowler (@fowltown) March 16, 2021
Aside from Tails having a role, nothing is known about Sonic the Hedgehog 2’s story. In the past, Fowler has discussed why certain game elements were not included in the first movie. Knuckles and Super Sonic were not included so that the biggest emphasis could be on establishing Sonic and Dr. Robotnik. With that out of the way, Fowler will have a golden opportunity for Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Tails appearing is already a big deal, but it will be interesting seeing how else the sequel expands on the mythos.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is in a very unique position after its popular predecessor. As an introductory film, it’s hard to find major faults with Sonic the Hedgehog. The big question is how it will handle Tails as it looks to expand the worldbuilding. Video game movies may always have a stigma against them, but another successful Sonic movie can help to continue to turn the tide. Plus, Sonic the Hedgehog would have likely made more at the box office if not for the COVID-19 pandemic. With Sonic the Hedgehog 2 over a year away, and presumably with cinemas returning to more normalcy, everything should be in place for an even bigger hit than last year’s movie.
Source: Jeff Fowler