Sonic the Hedgehog movie delayed

Sonic The Hedgehog

Paramount Pictures has delayed the release of its Sonic the Hedgehog movie – originally scheduled for November 2019 – until February 14 2020.

Sonic the Hedgehog movie director Alex Fowler revealed the news in a tweet, saying: “Taking a little more time to make Sonic just right,” followed by the date 14/02/2020. As we reported in March 2019, when the first shots of the film’s computer-generated Sonic appeared, they were greeted by general derision amid the widespread conviction that the movie’s rendering of the blue hedgehog looked creepy rather than appealing.

Even more criticism followed when Paramount Pictures released the first trailer for the movie (see above), with particular attention paid to Sonic’s eyes, teeth and generally anthropomorphic body shape. Fowler, to his credit, took that criticism seriously, tweeting on May 2: “Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear… you aren’t happy with the design & you want changes. It’s going to happen. Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be…”

Bar redesigning the computer-generated Sonic, the movie appears to have been finished, with filming concluded. Sonic the Hedgehog will feature Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic, with a mustachioed Jim Carrey taking the role of Dr. Eggman and James Marsden as a police officer who befriends Sonic. For more related information, keep an eye on Paramount Pictures’ website.

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Steve Boxer
Steve Boxer has been writing about videogames since the early 1990s. His first console was an Atari VCS, and he misspent most of his youth in the 1980s in the arcades. As well as for Green Man Gaming, he can be found writing for The Guardian, Empire, TechRadar and Pocket-Lint. He’s currently having trouble deciding whether his favourite console is his Xbox One X or his Switch, and plays a wide range of games, but especially RPGs (he loves a good JRPG) action-adventure titles, shooters of all descriptions and driving games. Follow him here.