Director Jeff Fowler revealed that production for Sonic the Hedgehog 2 has wrapped in Hawaii. Sonic the Hedgehog was released in 1991 for the Sega Genesis to compete with Nintendo’s wildly popular Mario Bros. series. Sonic established a video game franchise of its own, with offshoot titles still being published to this day, thanks to the branding.
Sonic’s success has led to several adaptations in various media throughout the years, including the typical assortment of comic books, animated series, and memorabilia. The Sonic live-action film franchise, on the other hand, was a latecomer, with the first feature not arriving until 2020. The final Sonic the Hedgehog, starring Jim Carrey as the villainous Dr. Robotnik, was a major box office smash, making $319 million worldwide. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was announced in 2020 and released in early 2021, with Fowler returning as director and Carrey reprising his role as Robotnik.
Back in May, Fowler confirmed that production on Sonic the Hedgehog 2 had completed in Vancouver. Another milestone in the project has been accomplished, as Fowler recently tweeted that filming in Hawaii has also concluded.
The first Sonic the Hedgehog film was a box office success, as evidenced by its box office receipts. The second Sonic film may be even more fan-friendly since it has been revealed that Miles “Tails” Prower, who had just a cameo in the first film, would have a larger role in the sequel, as well as the introduction of Knuckles the Echidna. Shemar Moore, the star of Criminal Minds, has also recently joined the cast in an unspecified capacity. James Marsden reprises his role as Tom Wachowski, while Ben Schwartz reprises his role as Sonic’s voice.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2’s narrative revolves around Knuckles and Dr. Robotnik’s hunt for the Chaos Emeralds, delving even deeper into Sonic legend. It’s too early to tell if Sonic 2 will outperform the previous film in terms of box office receipts, but considering Carrey’s return, the addition of more fan-favorite characters from the original games, and the inclusion of the Chaos Emerald angle, it seems likely. The first Sonic film was, of course, a risk because no one knew if viewers would appreciate a film based on the Sonic character. Now that the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise has established itself on the big screen, the time has come to expand the universe with Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Each fresh announcement piques the interest of fans eager to see what the sequel has in store.