Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a 2022 action-adventure comedy film based on the video game series published by Sega, and the sequel to Sonic the Hedgehog (2020). Directed by Jeff Fowler and written by Pat Casey, Josh Miller, and John Whittington, the film stars Ben Schwartz, Jim Carrey, James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Adam Pally and Lee Majdoub reprising their roles with Colleen O’Shaughnessey, Idris Elba and Shemar Moore joining the cast. In the film, after settling in Green Hills, Sonic tries to prove himself as a hero, but his big test comes when the evil Doctor Robotnik returns, alongside his new rival, Knuckles the Echidna, in search of the Master Emerald.
Following the success of the first film, Paramount Pictures announced the sequel in May 2020, with Fowler returning as director, Casey and Josh Miller returning as writers, and Schwartz, Carrey, and the rest of the cast reprised their roles. Filming took place from March to June 2021 in Vancouver and Hawaii.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was theatrically released in several markets on March 30, 2022, and in the United States on April 8, by Paramount Pictures and Sega Sammy Group. The film received mixed reviews from critics, who praised its action sequences, humor, and performances, but criticized its screenplay, runtime, and pacing. Many critics considered the film an improvement over its predecessor. It grossed $402.7 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing video game film in the United States and the fourth highest-grossing video game film of all time. A third film is scheduled for a December 20, 2024 release, while a spin-off miniseries starring Knuckles is in development and is scheduled to be released in 2023.
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