Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is finally out after two years in production. Success skyrocketed and dominate the box office, this film has also been named the most successful video game adaptation of all time.
Adapted from the video game series of the same name, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 continues the story of the titular character after successfully saving the earth from the threat of Dr. Evil Robotnik. But sadly, the ingenious Robotnik manages to find his way home while bringing in a new partner; Knuckles the red echidna who has a personal grudge against Sonic.
After the first film was a success with a premiere income of USD 58 million, aka IDR 832 billion, the film Sonic the Hedgehog 2 proved to be able to surpass this achievement and set a new record. With a total first-week revenue of USD 71 million, aka IDR 1 trillion, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is now leading the list of US domestic box office films.
Success at the domestic box office, automatically makes Sonic the Hedgehog 2 also selling well on a global scale. Raising USD37 million or IDR531 million from international screenings, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 has been named the highest-grossing video game adaptation of all time.
Sonic’s soaring at the box office last weekend also managed to bring down the film Morbius to second place with revenues of USD 10.2 million, aka IDR 146 billion. The decline of Morbius also plunged the film The Lost City into third place with revenues of USD9.1 million, aka Rp130 billion.
Closing the Top 5 last weekend, the films Ambulance by Michael Bay and The Batman by Matt Reeves now occupy the fourth and fifth positions with revenues of USD 8.7 million or Rp. 125 billion and USD 6.5 million, aka Rp. 93.4 billion, respectively.
By April 2020, Marsden had expressed his interest in a sequel featuring several characters from the video games, including Tails, who appeared in a mid-credits scene in the first film. Director Jeff Fowler also expressed interest in developing a sequel that focused on Sonic and Tails’ friendship and further developed Dr. Robotnik. Later that month, Schwartz said that he felt it made sense for Paramount Pictures to not have announced a sequel by that point due to the COVID-19 pandemic, also adding that he was interested in a sequel featuring Tails and a more game-accurate portrayal of Robotnik. Later that month, Sonic the Hedgehog co-writer Pat Casey revealed that there had been talks about a sequel, though the film had not been greenlit by Paramount by that point. He also said that Carrey was interested in wearing a fatsuit in a sequel to more closely resemble Robotnik’s video game appearance.
In May, Paramount Pictures confirmed that a sequel to Sonic the Hedgehog was in development, with Fowler set to return as director alongside writers Casey and Josh Miller. Neal H. Mortiz, Toby Ascher, and Toru Nakahara will produce the sequel, having previously co-produced the first film alongside Takeshi Ito, while Tim Miller, Hajime Satomi, and Haruki Satomi will return from the first film as executive producers.
In December, it was confirmed by storyboard artist Fill Marc that artist Tyson Hesse, who redesigned Sonic for the first film, would return. The film title was announced as Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in February 2021. In May, a synopsis of the story was released as Paramount submitted a patent to the U.S. Copyright Office catalog.
The film is inspired by the video games Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992) and Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (1994), but is not a direct adaptation of either. Fowler described the film as “a melting pot” of ideas from several Sonic games.
On January 27, 2020, Jim Carrey expressed interest in starring in a sequel, feeling that his character, the villain Dr. Robotnik, could be expanded in the sequel: “I wouldn’t mind going to do another one because it was so much fun, first of all, and a real challenge to try to convince people that I have a triple-digit IQ… There is so much room, you know, Robotnik has not reached his apotheosis.” On March 6, 2020, Sonic the Hedgehog star James Marsden confirmed that he had signed on for multiple sequels.
On January 26, 2021, Tika Sumpter announced that she would reprise her role as Maddie Wachowski. In March 2021, it was announced that Ben Schwartz and Jim Carrey would reprise their roles as Sonic and Robotnik respectively. That same month, it was confirmed that Adam Pally would reprise his role as Wade Whipple. In April 2021, James Marsden was confirmed to return as Tom Wachowski. On June 16, 2021, it was announced that Shemar Moore had joined the cast in an undisclosed role. On August 10, 2021, it was announced that Idris Elba had officially joined the cast as the voice of Knuckles the Echidna. That same month, it was confirmed that Natasha Rothwell would reprise her role as Rachel. On September 29, 2021, it was announced that Lee Majdoub would reprise his role as Agent Stone. On December 7, 2021, Colleen O’Shaughnessey announced she would return to voice Miles “Tails” Prower. On January 23, 2022, it was announced that Tom Butler and Elfina Luk would reprise their roles as Commander Walters and the Secretary of Homeland Security.
In December 2020, it was reported that the BC Film Commission had listed that the production of the film would occur from March 15 to May 10, 2021, under the working title Emerald Hill, a reference to the opening zone in the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 video game. In January 2021, Tika Sumpter revealed that the film would shoot in both Vancouver and Hawaii.
Principal photography began in Vancouver on March 15, 2021, with Brandon Trost serving as cinematographer. As a way to show his gratitude to the crew, Carrey held a raffle on May 7 in order to give away a Chevrolet Blazer; the car was eventually given to a grip. Filming in Vancouver concluded on May 12, 2021. Filming wrapped in Hawaii on June 25, 2021.