Sonic the Hedgehog Trailer #2 – Sega, Director Jeff Fowler – Writer Pat Casey – Producer Neal H. Moritz, Toru Nakahara, Takeshi Ito, Ben Schwartz, Jim Carrey, Doctor Robotnik, James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Adam Pally, Neal McDonough
Sonic the Hedgehog is a 2020 action-adventure comedy film based on the video game franchise published by Se...
Sonic the Hedgehog is a 2020 action-adventure comedy film based on the video game franchise published by Sega. The film is directed by Jeff Fowler in his feature directorial debut and written by Pat Casey and Josh Miller. It stars Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog and Jim Carrey as Doctor Robotnik, as well as James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Adam Pally, and Neal McDonough. In the film, Sonic teams up with local town sheriff Tom Wachowski to find and reclaim his lost rings and escape Dr. Robotnik.
Development of a Sonic film began in the 1990s but did not enter production. In 2013, Sony Pictures acquired the film rights, and the film entered development in collaboration with Sega Sammy's Japan studio Marza Animation Planet. Fowler was hired to direct in 2016. After Sony put the project in turnaround, Paramount Pictures acquired it in 2017, and the majority of the cast had signed on by August 2018. Filming took place in September and October 2018 in Ladysmith and Parksville in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island. The film was due for November 2019, but was delayed to redesign Sonic following negative reaction to the first trailer.
Sonic the Hedgehog premiered at the Paramount Theatre on January 25, 2020, and was theatrically released in the United States on February 14, 2020. Critics praised the performances, Sonic's design, and its faithfulness to the source material, but criticized its plot and perceived lack of originality. The film has grossed $204 million worldwide, making it the third-highest-grossing film of 2020, and set the record for the biggest opening weekend by a video game-based film in the US and Canada.