The original Sonic The Hedgehog film was a massive success in 2020, despite its tumultuous development. We all remember the uproar from fans when its debut trailer showed us a nightmarish, hyper-realistic version of Sonic, rather than the SEGA mascot loved by millions; and how the resulting backlash led the team to completely modify the hedgehog for the film.
The work paid off though, with fans enjoying Sonic The Hedgehog enough (and, crucially, it doing well enough at the box office, making almost $320m against a budget of $90m) for a second film to get the green light. (You can find our review of the movie, here.) And now we're happy to report that said sequel, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, has just finished filming.
If you missed the first Sonic the Hedgehog, or simply fancy a reminder, here is its trailer...
Spotted by Comicbook, the director of Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Jeff Fowler, posted a picture to Twitter celebrating the end of the filming stage of the project. The tweet reads: "That's a wrap in Vancouver! Thank you to all the amazing cast/crew in this city... so much incredible talent helping make #SonicMovie2 truly special (and spoiler alert... EPIC! )". Of course, he's wearing a Sonic t-shirt and a smile in the photo, too.
We've seen a few leaked images from the movie's set, including a look at reference statues of Knuckles and Tails. Now the filming is wrapped, the studio will move on to a lot of the animation, voice-overs, and edits - when most of your cast are animated animals, filming the real-life scenes is only going to make up half the work.
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is scheduled to release on on April 8, 2022 (a Friday, thus failing to emulate 1992's so-called 'Sonic 2sday', when the second Sonic game released with a huge global marketing push) - and this time around, the studio probably isn't going to need to do huge reworks. They might not have got Sonic right first time, but the redesigned character looked brilliant in the final film.
We're still not sure about what story the movie will tell, but we will see the return of Ben Schwartz as Sonic and Jim Carrey as Dr Robotnik/Eggman. We're also in the dark as to who will voice Knuckles and Tails - but we're betting that there are some big Hollywood names lined up. Jason Momoa, anyone?
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