Paramount Pictures Greenlights SONIC THE HEDGEHOG Sequel; Jeff Fowler Will Return to Direct
Paramount Pictures and Sega Sammy have announced that one of the most surprising movies of the year — Sonic the Hedgehog — will get a sequel, with Jeff Fowler returning to direct the speedster's next big-screen adventure. Unfortunately for fans of the original film, its follow-up is in the very early stages of development.
Pat Casey and Josh Miller — the duo responsible for the first entry's screenplay — will be writing the script for the sequel, with Hajime Satomi, Haruki Satomi and Tim Miller executive producing the upcoming picture.
Although Paramount has not revealed any casting details just yet, it's safe to say that both Ben Schwartz and Colleen O'Shaughnessey will reprise their respective roles of Sonic and Tails in the newly announced movie.
Considering that Fowler's first directorial effort is also the very first feature-length movie based on a video game series to earn a rare "A" CinemaScore — the flick has even outgrossed the WB–produced Pokémon Detective Pikachu at the domestic box office ($144,105,346 vs. $146,066,470) despite the ongoing pandemic — the decision to continue the blue hero's cinematic story should come as no surprise.
There's no denying that Jim Carrey's deliciously evil Dr. Robotnik (a.k.a Dr. Eggman) was one of the original movie's highlights — with many calling it the actor's best performance since 2004's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind — so chances are that the fan-favourite villain will also return in the sequel to take revenge on the titular hero and his best friend, Sheriff Tom Wachowski (played by Westworld star James Marsden).