Paramount Pictures might be one of the few studios having a good 2020, and they are capitalizing on it. Before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the movie theaters across the world, Sonic the Hedgehog became the unexpected hit of 2020. After a troubling start where the internet came out and rejected the first designs of Sonic when the first trailer hit and forced the studio to go back and redesign the character at the last minute, the work seemed to have paid off. Sonic the Hedgehog brought in $300 million at the worldwide box office, and while the reviews with critics were mixed, the reviews from fans and even more so young kids were much more positive. Paramount knows when they have gold, and they aren't waiting. According to Variety, Paramount has greenlit a sequel to the first movie, no doubt leading on from the Tails teaser we saw at the end, though there isn't a start date for the production yet.
They must have faith in lightning striking twice because they are bringing back primarily the same creative team, including Jeff Fowler directing, and Pat Casey and Josh Miller writing the script. At the moment, the movie is still in development stages, so there is no way of knowing which cast members would be returning, but once Hollywood starts shooting, we can expect that Paramount will want to move fast with this one for lack of a better descriptor.
Sonic the Hedgehog was also one of the handfuls of movies this year that got an early digital release in light of the COVID-19 pandemic shutting things down which likely made the decision for greenlighting this sequel even easier for Paramount Pictures.
Sonic the Hedgehog, directed by Jeff Fowler, stars Ben Schwartz, James Marsden, Jim Carrey, Tika Sumpter, Adam Pally, and Neal McDonough. It's out on digital and home release now.