Paramount Pictures has announced a release date for its third Sonic the Hedgehog film, at the same time pushing back the date for its Untitled Smurfs Animated Musical.
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 will hit the big screen on December 20, 2024, with the newest Smurfs adventure being released on February 14, 2025.
Based on the beloved video game franchise from Sega, Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog franchise launched with a 2020 film of the same name, in which a small-town police officer (James Marsden) helped the titular blue hedgehog (Ben Schwartz) contend with Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey), an evil genius looking to make him the subject of his experiments. Jeff Fowler directed from a script by Pat Casey and Josh Miller, with the film ultimately grossing over $319.7M worldwide.
The sequel hit theaters in the U.S. in April and outdid the gross of the original, at over $400M worldwide. It scored the biggest launch of all time for a video game adaptation, beating the first Sonic, and was also Paramount’s biggest three-day opening since 2014.
In February 2022, Sega of America and Paramount Pictures confirmed that Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and a Knuckles spin-off miniseries are in development. Idris Elba will reprise his role as Knuckles for the series, which is set for release on the streaming service Paramount+ in 2023.
In April 2022, after Carrey announced that he was considering retirement from acting, producers Neal H. Moritz and Toby Ascher confirmed that his role as Dr. Robotnik would not be recast in any sequels if he followed through with his retirement plans, though they remained hopeful that they could develop a script good enough for him to continue the role.
Sonic 3 will face competition from James Cameron’s Avatar 3, which is presently set to open over the year-end holidays in 2024 (the Avatar sequels have moved around numerous times).
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