Sonic the Hedgehog 2 release date set for April 8, 2022

Stephanie Chase
·2-min read
Photo credit: Paramount
Photo credit: Paramount

From Digital Spy

The sequel to Sonic the Hedgehog has already been given an official release date.

Back in May, it was announced that the film, which starred Ben Schwartz (as the voice of Sonic) and Jim Carrey, had been given a second outing following the huge success of the first movie.

The news was announced on Twitter by Schwartz today (July 24) as he excitedly shared: "SONIC 2 IS OFFICIALLY COMING 2 THEATERS 4/8/22!!!"

Photo credit: Paramount
Photo credit: Paramount

Sonic the Hedgehog was released in February and grossed a massive $306 million at the worldwide box office.

The sequel, from Paramount and Sega Sammy, will also have the same filmmaking team behind it, with Jeff Fowler returning to direct and Casey and Josh Miller writing the script.

And given his Twitter announcement, it looks like we can also expect Schwartz to be back as the voice of Sonic.

But while the film enjoyed huge success, it did get off to a rocky start when its first trailer hit in April 2019 and fans reacted negatively to Sonic's new appearance.

Photo credit: Paramount
Photo credit: Paramount

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However, the filmmakers took the criticism onboard and ended up delaying the movie by three months so the character could be redesigned.

Earlier this year, director Fowler opened up to Digital Spy about his anxiety over the big reveal of the Sonic reveal.

"We had worked very hard on our updates to the character," he said. "It was definitely a little bit of like, 'Oh man, what happens if they don't like this?'

"But really, everyone that saw it internally as I was working on the film, just responded so positively. It really felt like, once we shared it with the fans, they would really embrace it and be excited about it.

"Fortunately, any anxiety I had the night before passed really quickly once it was released. Because, yeah, it was such an incredible feeling to see Sonic 2.0 get embraced the way it was."

Sonic the Hedgehog is available to buy from Prime Video UK, iTunes, Microsoft Store, Sky Store and other UK streaming platforms. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will be released on April 8, 2022.

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