Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will be speeding into theaters in 2022. As reported by The Wrap, Paramount Pictures has revealed the release date for the upcoming sequel. It is now scheduled to arrive on April 8, 2022.
It had previously been confirmed that Paramount had given the green light to another entry in the franchise. Sonic the Hedgehog was released in theaters earlier this year and proved to be a big hit. Being met with largely positive reviews from critics and audiences, the Sega video game adaptation earned $306 million at the global box office. And that was with a somewhat abbreviated run because it never was released in China, given the COVID-19 outbreak. Though it will finally be released for Chinese audiences on July 31.
“We truly believe that there is no movie-viewing experience like the one enjoyed in theatres,” said Paramount distribution heads Chris Aronson and Mark Viane in a statement. “We are committed to the theatrical experience and our exhibition partners, and want to stress that we are confident that, when the time comes, audiences everywhere will once again enjoy the singular joy of seeing Paramount films on the big screen.”
Plot details for Sonic the Hedgehog 2 remain under wraps for now. Jeff Fowler is set to return to the director’s chair and Pat Casey is set to pen the screenplay. Paramount seems intent on keeping the same team in place. Ben Schwartz, who voiced Sonic, is expected to reprise his role, as are James Marsden and Tika Sumpter. It has not yet been revealed if Jim Carrey will return as Dr. Robotnik.
Josh Miller. Neal H. Moritz, Toby Ascher and Toru Nakahara are on board as producers. Hajime Satomi, Haruki Satomi and Deadpool director Tim Miller will serve as executive producers.
Here is the official synopsis for Sonic the Hedgehog.
“The world needed a hero, we got a hedgehog. Powered with incredible speed, Sonic The Hedgehog (voiced by Ben Schwartz), aka The Blue Blur, embraces his new home on Earth. That is, until he accidentally knocks out the power grid and sparks the attention of super-uncool evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey). Now it’s super-villain vs. super-sonic in an all-out race across the globe to stop Robotnik from using Sonic’s unique power for world domination. Sonic teams up with The Donut Lord, aka Sheriff Tom Wachowski (James Marsden), to save the planet in this live-action adventure comedy that’s fun for the whole family.”