Paramount+, Paramount Pictures, and SEGA of America today announced the cast and the start of production for the services upcoming live-action series KNUCKLES, the latest in the Cinematic World of Sonic the Hedgehog.
The new live-action series will follow Knuckles on a hilarious and action-packed journey of self-discovery as he agrees to train Wade as his protg and teach him the ways of the Echidna warrior. The series takes place between the films SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 and SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 3, marking the next installment of the hit franchise, which is slated for Dec. 20, 2024.
In addition to Idris Elba, previously announced as the titular character Knuckles, Adam Pally will reprise his role from the film franchise as Wade Whipple. The ensemble for the KNUCKLES series also includes recurring cast Edi Patterson (The Righteous Gemstones), Julian Barratt (Mindhorn), Scott Mescudi (Dont Look Up), Ellie Taylor (Ted Lasso) and guest star Rory McCann (Game of Thrones). In addition, Tika Sumpter will guest star, reprising her role as Maddie, with the additional cast to be announced.
Production on KNUCKLES began earlier this month in London. All of the key creative team from the previous films are returning for the series, including Jeff Fowler, the films director, who is directing the pilot episode, as well as Neal H. Moritz, Toby Ascher, John Whittington, and Toru Nakahara, who serve as executive producers on the series. Idris Elba also serves as executive producer. Additional directors for the series include Ged Wright, Brandon Trost, Jorma Taccone, and Carol Banker.
Whittington, who wrote on SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2, wrote the pilot and is the head writer for the series. The other series writers include Brian Schacter and James Madejski.
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 earned over $190 million at the domestic box office, and over $214 million internationally for a combined total gross of over $405.4 million. On Paramount+, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 marks the top-performing Kids & Family film on the service and is also one of the services most re-watched films.
Wow they are really going hard from that first movie.. I couldnt find a way to finish it but it wasnt terrible.
Deadline is reporting that during today's Viacom Investor Event presentation, Brian Robbins, President, and CEO, Paramount Pictures & Nickelodeon; Chief Content Officer, Movies, Kids & Family Paramount+, announced that Paramount Pictures and Sega Corp are moving fast for the Sonic the Hedgehog universe with projects in both the film and TV realms.
Paramount and Sega are developing a third feature film installment to the franchise, while Sega and Paramount+ are developing the first-ever original live-action Sonic series, to launch in 2023. It will feature the character Knuckles, with Idris Elba returning to voice the role after it debuts in the sequel movie that bows April 8th.
We are delighted to announce that the third Sonic theatrical film and the first live-action Sonic series for Paramount+ are being actively developed. Weve got a remarkable partnership with Paramount, and we are excited to continue expanding the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise with them, Sega CEO Haruki Satomi said. 2022 is shaping up to be a significant year for the franchise with the second film being released this April, as well as Sonic Frontiers, the highly anticipated video game title, coming this holiday. Sonic has been beloved by fans across the world for over 30 years and we look forward to continuing to bring memorable moments and experiences to them for many years to come.
The first Sonic the Hedgehog movie was released in 2022 and broke multiple box office records, including becoming the domestic top-grossing video game adaptation of all time, earning almost $320 million in the worldwide box office. The sequel, scheduled for April 8yj, 2022 release brings back the original cast, as well as re-teaming director Jeff Fowler with writers Pat Casey & Josh Miller. Producing are Neal H. Moritz, Toby Ascher, and Toru Nakahara, with Satomi, Nan Morales, and Tim Miller executive producing.
Can't wait! I was amazed at how enjoyable the first one was.
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