It looks like Sonic’s big-screen adventures are here to stay. It’s being reported that Paramount Pictures and the Sega Corporation have begun active development on a third film in the franchise, tentatively titled Sonic the Hedgehog 3. The news comes before the upcoming sequel, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, has even hit theaters and was revealed at the Viacom Investor Event alongside the reveal of a Knuckles spin-off series for Paramount+.
No plot details or casting information has been made available in regards to the threequel, as the project is obviously in its earliest stages of production. Although, it seems likely Ben Schwartz would return as the title character. Haruki Satomi, CEO of Sega Corporation, had the following to say about the announcement:
We are delighted to announce that the third Sonic theatrical film and the first live action Sonic series for Paramount+ are being actively developed…Sonic has been beloved by fans across the world for over 30 years and we look forward to continuing to bring memorable moments and experiences to them for many years to come.Haruki Satomi
The first Sonic film was a surprise success, dropping in theaters just before the start of the pandemic. It quickly became the top-grossing video game adaptation of all time, making $320 million at the worldwide box office. Sonic and his friends have always inspired a passionate fanbase, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if Paramount continued to come up with projects for the characters in the future.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 races into theaters on April 8th.