A third live-action sonic the hedgehog the film is on the way and its release is scheduled for December 20, 2024, the film the official Twitter account confirmed.
It’s not yet known if Ben Schwartz will return in the lead role, or if director Jeff Fowler or writers Pat Casey and Josh Miller will return either. This release date, however, puts it directly opposite James Cameron’s second sequel to Avatar, currently in production under the working title Avatar 3. It’s the showdown of blue CGI characters we’ve all been waiting for.
Development of the third Sonic movie was first announced in February, alongside news that Paramount and Sega were also working on a live-action series starring Idris Elba’s Knuckles for the Paramount Plus streaming service. So it seems safe to assume that Elba will return for Sonic’s third live-action outing.
What is less certain, as Polygon points out, is whether Jim Carrey will return as Doctor Robotnik. The actor said he was “pretty serious” about retiring from acting in an interview with Go to Hollywood. “I’ve had enough. I’ve done enough. I’m enough,” Carrey said at the time. The film’s producers later confirmed that they would not recast Robotnik if Carrey retires.
Aside from the widespread mockery generated by Sonic’s initial conception, both live-action films in the franchise were smash hits at the box office. Between them, they’ve grossed over $700 million internationally, making them two of the most successful video game adaptations of movies ever made.
The highest-grossing individual video game adaptation, however, remains that of Duncan Jones. warcraft, which was released in 2016 and has since grossed nearly $440 million worldwide (largely backed by enthusiastic reception in China).