Considering that the first one is not that bad apparently (I haven’t seen it), it may not come as a surprise to learn that Hollywood has begun cranking the eldritch machine necessary to create a sequel to Sonic the Hedgehog, last February’s feature-length live-action adaptation starring Ben Schwartz and Jim Carrey. I had to check and make sure that Sonic the Hedgehog actually came out in February of this year, and not February of 2019, because it sure as hell feels like it’s been an entire calendar-ass year since the comparatively simple days that saw the movie debut in the United States.
The confirmation of a sequel comes from Paramount Pictures and Sega Sammy Holdings, by way of Variety, though few concrete details have been divulged beyond the existence of the project. We know that Pat Casey and Josh Miller, the authors of the first movie’s screenplay, will return to pen the script for the sequel. We also know that director Jeff Fowler is onboard to return, and that Tim Miller, Hajime Satomi, and Haruki Satomi will be credited as executive producers, whoever they are.
(It has been brought to my attention by my stupid brain that explaining who these people are is actually part of my job as a journalist writing a news article. Tim Miller, in addition to being an executive producer on the first Sonic film, also produced Terminator: Dark Fate and the mindbogglingly hit-or-miss Netflix Original sci-fi anthology Love, Death & Robots. Hajime Satomi is the Chairman and CEO of Sega Sammy Holdings Inc., the ur-company that owns and controls everything Sega related. Haruki Satomi, as you might have guessed, is the other Satomi’s son, and is also Sega Sammy Holdings’ President and COO.)
As for whether Ben Schwartz will return as the voice of Sonic, or whether Jim Carrey will be back to portray Dr. Robotnik, it’s far too early to say. It’s not, however, too early to start forming theories about what other characters from the annals of Sonic history might show up in the sequel. If you stuck around for Sonic the Hedgehog‘s post-credits sequence, then you know which character is almost assuredly going to play a major role in this new film. I won’t spoil it for people who haven’t seen the movie yet, but it’s not exactly a surprising choice.
A new movie would also be a good opportunity to bring in fan-favorite critters Knuckles the Echidna and Rosy the Rascal, aka Amy Rose, though casting either could be a challenging endeavor. Knuckles would almost certainly end up being voiced by either Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson or Vin Diesel, or in a surprise move, both of them speaking simultaneously. Amy Rose’s shoes could conceivably be filled by almost anyone, but I’d prefer Kristen Schaal. Unorthodox, yes, but I think you know in your heart that I’m right. Christina Hendricks would voice and provide mocap for Rouge the Bat.
According to Variety, Sonic the Hedgehog had the best opening weekend of any video game movie in history, which isn’t exactly a high bar, but is still laudable considering how things could have turned out. Hopefully the visual effects studio that makes the second movie won’t go out of business shortly after the sequel comes out.