Paramount and Sega really want to turn this into a big franchise. Actually, we can call it a shared universe now. The original Sonic The Hedgehog movie was released in early 2020 (right before the pandemic struck), and it grossed $319 million worldwide. The sequel is set to land in theaters next April, but Paramount isn’t stopping there, as the third installment and a spin-off TV series have been announced today, Deadline has learned.
Paramount and Sega have reached a deal for the third movie in the franchise, while Paramount+ is also set to develop a spin-off series centered on Knuckles the Echidna, who is set to be introduced on the big screen in the sequel, portrayed by Idris Elba, who also signed to reprise the role in the spin-off series. The spin-off will be the first live-action TV series set in the Sonic universe ever. The series is set to premiere in 2023 on Paramount+.
“We are delighted to announce that the third Sonic theatrical film and the first live-action Sonic series for Paramount+ are being actively developed. We’ve got a remarkable partnership with Paramount, and we are excited to continue expanding the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise with them. 2022 is shaping up to be a significant year for the franchise with the second film being released this April, as well as Sonic Frontiers, the highly anticipated video game title, coming this holiday. 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, CEO of Sega
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is set to debut in theaters on April 8, 2022. The Knuckles-centered spin-off show will debut sometime next year on Paramount+.