The series is sticking to its biennial release schedule, although this third installment is moving from the spring launch pad of the previous two to the winter holiday period.
This is a gesture of trust from Paramount Studios, which is delighted with the success of Sonic 2. The sequel, which was released in April 2022, has surpassed its predecessor to become the most successful video game movie of all time. Paramount certainly expects the holiday home market to bring even bigger rewards around Tuesday.
No details about the cast or creative team have been revealed. The previous two films were written by Pat Casey and Josh Miller, directed by and starring Jeff Fowler Ben Schwartz as Sonic, Colleen O’Shaughnessey as Tails, Idris Elba as Knuckles, and James Marsden and Tika Sumpter as Sonic’s “parents”. All can be returned fairly safely.
The biggest question mark will lie in Jim Carrey’s role as Doctor Robotnik. Star told Access Hollywood that he was “quite serious” about retiring from acting after appearing in Sonic 2. “I really enjoy my quiet life and I really enjoy painting on canvas,” he said. “And I really love my spiritual life. And I feel, and this is something that you may never hear another celebrity say as long as time goes on, I have enough. I have done enough. I am enough.”
The producers of the film tell IGN that they “wouldn’t even try” to re-enact Robotnik with another actor and that “Jim Carrey has always been a member of Sonic family and he will always have a place in these movies and TV shows for as long as he wants to be around.”
Carrey, who took a long break in his career before, said he would consider coming back with “some kind of script written in gold ink that told me it would be really important to people watch”. It’s fair to assume he doesn’t talk about things like Sonic 3 here, regardless of its ultimate qualities. But after the huge success of the first two films, Paramount will be ready to go bankrupt to convince him otherwise.