SEGA and Paramount Pictures announced that Sonic the Hedgehog 3 movie will be released in theatres across the US on December 20, 2024.
The development of the third movie featuring SEGA’s blue mascot series started last February along with the first live-action series for the Sonic franchise. The live-action series will debut on Paramount Pictures’ Paramount+ streaming service in 2023, and will center on the character Knuckles, with Idris Elba reprising the role.
The second movie of the series and sequel for the original Sonic the hedgehog movie from 2020 was released last April and produced by SEGA Sammy Group and Original Film with global distribution by Paramount Pictures. The movie featured the return of the acclaimed actor Jim Carrey as “Dr. Robotnik,” James Marsden as “Tom Wachowski” and Tika Sumpter as “Maddie Wachowski” along with talented voices of Ben Schwartz “Sonic,” Colleen O’Shaughnessey “Tails” and Idris Elba “Knuckles.”
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 movie has earned nearly $191 million dollars in the United States and approximately US$402 million dollars worldwide as of July 3. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will be released in Japan on August 19.
Paramount Pictures officially announced the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 movie in February 2021, bringing back Fowler as director of the movie as well Pat Casey and Josh Miller as returning scriptwriters. Neal H. Moritz, Toby Ascher, and Toru Nakahara are credited as producers on the new film, while Hajime Satomi, Haruki Satomi, and Tim Miller are credited as executive producers.
The studio decided to produce a sequel after the original Sonic the Hedgehog movie grossed over $319 million dollars worldwide to become one of the biggest movie releases in 2020.
The studio’s decision to produce a sequel after the original Sonic the Hedgehog movie collected over $319 million dollars worldwide and set a record for the highest-grossing video game adaptation in North America.
The first Sonic game, which was released in 1991, was developed after SEGA requested a new mascot character to replace Alex Kidd and compete with Nintendo’s mascot Mario. Its success helped SEGA become one of the leading video game companies during the 16-bit era of the early 1990s.