There’s a third Sonic the Hedgehog film on the way.
Paramount announced a release date for Sonic the Hedgehog 3 late on Monday. The threequel will hit theaters on Dec. 20th, 2024. The studio also set a new release date for its newest Smurfs film, an animated musical, with the project slated to hit theaters on Feb. 14th, 2025.
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 was officially announced as being in development back in February, before the second film even hit theaters. The movie is based on the classic Sega video game franchise of the same name. Despite controversy surrounding the first film, which led to the redesign of Sonic, Sonic the Hedgehog managed to go on to earn $319.7 million worldwide back in 2020. Its sequel, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, hit theaters this past April and managed to surpass the box office haul of its predecessor with an impressive $401.8 million at the worldwide box office.
As for Smurfs, Sony found some success with 2011’s The Smurfs, its sequel The Smurfs 2 (2013) and Smurfs: The Lost Village in 2017. Now, Paramount is hoping to do the same with the launch of an animated Smurfs musical in 2025. Like with Sonic the Hedgehog 3, the Smurfs film was first announced in February of this year. The project is part of a new deal between Paramount and Nickelodeon. The new deal includes multiple animated films to be released through Paramount, as well as a second season of the animated series The Smurfs on Nickelodeon.