A third Sonic the Hedgehog movie and Paramount+ series is in the works

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 It won’t premiere in theaters until April 8, but Sega and Paramount Pictures have confirmed a third film is in the works, along with a TV spin-off from Paramount+.

In a press release, the companies revealed that development on Sonic 3 (or whatever it is called) has begun. There’s no word on who will be involved, but it’s conceivable that the main cast will stay with director Jeff Fowler. Sega and Paramount didn’t share a release window.

The live-action series features Idris Elba’s Knuckles, who Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and will premiere in 2023. It’s unclear if Knuckles is the star of the show or just the first confirmed character, but the former sounds more likely.This adds another video game series to the Paramount+ lineup, along with the upcoming premiere halo. To avoid potential confusion, this Sonic TV show is a separate project Sonic Primethe animated series premiering on Netflix sometime this year.

“We’ve built an extraordinary partnership with Paramount, and we’re excited to continue working with them to expand the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise,” Sega CEO Haruki Satomi said in a press release. “2022 is going to be a big year for the franchise, with the second film coming out this April and the highly anticipated video game title Sonic Frontiers coming out this holiday season.​​”

2022 will indeed be a big year for Sonic. As mentioned, his first open-world game, Sonic Frontiers, is due out later this year. You can read about how the game was originally intended to be released in 2021 here.