SONIC THE HEDGEHOG Writers Discuss Sequel Plans, Tails and the MCU's Influence on the Movie
During a recent interview with Discussing Film, Sonic the Hedgehog writers Josh Miller and Patrick Casey revealed some new details on the movie's creative process and the Marvel Cinematic Universe's influence on their script. If you haven't seen the flick yet, you may want to skip this article since there are huge SPOILERS.
There's no denying that the movie's end-credits scene featuring Miles "Tails" Prower, the blue hero's best friend (well, the blue hero's second best friend), was one of the movie's highlights. According to the writers, the final decision to introduce Tails in a post-credits scene was made late in the development process.
"Well very, very early on, like in versions of the movie that never even made it to script and some that I don’t even think ever made it to an outline – just in the blue sky phase we talked about versions where Tails was maybe a supporting character," Miller explained. "Then it became clear that it’s one of those things, it’s a Pandora’s box. Once you start opening up the Sonic mythology, it becomes a very big movie very quickly. We decided to take some of the same approach the games did, wherein the original Sonic the Hedgehog is just Sonic and Robotnik and Tails doesn’t show up until Sonic 2."
"From the moment we decided he wasn’t going to be in the movie, he was always going to be in the sort of Nick Fury post-credits scene," the writer added. Considering that countless movie studios have been trying hard to replicate the so-called Marvel formula with little to no success (including the critically panned Mummy reboot), the fact that the writers — and maybe even more importantly, first-time feature director Jeff Fowler — actually managed to deliver such an enjoyable movie is nothing short of amazing.
Although Paramount Pictures has not announced any plans for a sequel to Sonic the Hedgehog yet, both writers would love to return to the Sega-created universe. "Yes, we would love to do a second one. As for what is going to go into that I think maybe it’s too early to say publicly. If we were at a bar and not doing this interview for public consumption – maybe we would give some hints," Casey said.
Those who missed Sonic the Hedgehog in theaters can always give the speedster's first successful cinematic adventure a fair shot from the comfort of their homes, as the flick is now available on digital storefronts.
Based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG tells the story of the world’s speediest hedgehog as he embraces his new home on Earth. In this live-action adventure comedy, Sonic and his new best friend Tom (James Marsden) team up to defend the planet from the evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) and his plans for world domination. The family-friendly film also stars Tika Sumpter and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic.
Sonic the Hedgehog is now available on digital platforms; coming to Blu-ray and Ultra 4K HD on May 19.