Paramount Pictures has announced plans to release Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sega’s second mascot film, on April 8, 2022 in theaters. Variety has published an article reviewing the production company’s date changes due to the coronavirus, which is that A Quiet Place Part 2 will now be released on April 23, 2021 instead of this September, and the expected Top Gun: Maverick will arrive six months later than planned, on July 2, 2021.
“Along with Thursday’s announcements, the studio is also releasing Sonic the Hedgehog 2, the sequel to this year’s blockbuster, for a debut on April 8, 2022. The first, which premiered shortly before cinema closures and confinements in many countries, featured a digital Sonic with Ben Schwartz’s voice. The fast hedgehog befriends Tom, played by James Marsden, and together they face the plans of Dr. Robotnik, played by comedian Jim Carrey.
The film grossed $146 million in the US and $306 million worldwide – it has recently been released in China, so the figure may increase – and is the second highest grossing film of 2020, although this figure is not too relevant when we consider that no film has been released for months, and that the major blockbusters have moved to 2021. Just 40 days after its appearance in theatres, it was released in digital distribution.
Jeff Fowler will be the director again, with the writers of the first part, Pat Casey and Josh Miller. Hopefully, the story will follow the events of the original and this time we’ll see more of Sonic’s companions, more of the original world he came from and new nods to locations in the series that turns 30 in 2021.