Sega created the first Sonic game, released in 1991 for the Sega Genesis, to compete with Nintendo’s mascot Mario. Its success helped Sega become one of the leading video game companies during the fourth generation of video game consoles in the early 1990s. Ben Schwartz and director Jeff Fowler recently teased the third Sonic the Hedgehog film in the works, as well as the franchise’s future.
Ben Schwartz, the star of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, has hinted at the future of the film series, implying that Sonic 3 is already in the works. In the new film, the titular character teams up with Tails to find Master Emerald before Doctor Robotnik and the villainous Knuckles exact revenge and use their powers to take over the world. The sequel features many of Sonic the Hedgehog‘s original cast members, including Schwartz, who voices Sonic, James Marsden, Colleen O’Shaughnessey, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Adam Pally, and Jim Carrey, as well as Idris Elba as Knuckles.
Sega CEO Haruki Satomi announced prior to the release of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 that the company would invest in the live-action film franchise, confirming the development of a third film as well as a Paramount+ television series centred on the character of Knuckles. With the success of the first film and new content on the way, it appears that Paramount Pictures has launched its own cinematic universe with Sonic the Hedgehog.
Now, Ben Schwartz and director Jeff Fowler are hinting at what fans can expect from Sonic the Hedgehog’s third film. In an interview with Supanova about the sequel, Schwartz discusses a reference in the film to his famous Parks and Recreation character, Jean-Ralphio, saying that while Fowler was careful not to insert multiple, “maybe we’ll try to leak one more in there for the next one.” Fowler adds that when it comes to building the series, he wants to “take advantage of the 30 years of characters and stories.”
While the Sonic movies do not necessarily follow the games, Fowler and those involved have combined new and familiar elements that fans of the source material will enjoy. Because there is so much inspiration to draw from, Fowler has described the filmmaking process as a “melting pot.” The director has even stated that if features from one of the games are not used for a specific project, they may still be incorporated into another.
It will be interesting to see if Fowler incorporates elements from the Sonic 2 video game into the third film, as well as how fans react to all of the upcoming content. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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