[UPDATE] May 24, 2019 2:31 p.m. EST Following significant backlash due to character design, Sonic the Hedgehog director Jeff Fowler reveals that the movie is being delayed. Originally scheduled to release in November of this year, now the film will not debut until February 14, 2020. The three-month delay will allow the visual effects team to improve Sonic’s design.
Read our original post below.
When the first trailer for Paramount and SEGA’s upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog live-action movie dropped earlier this week, saying that the general reaction wasn’t great would be something of an understatement. Now, the movie’s director Jeff Fowler has stepped up to let everyone know that the criticism has been heard and that he’s working on a fix.
Taking to Twitter, Fowler stated that the public consensus had come through loud and clear and that changes will be made, which he hammered home via the hashtag #gottafixfast.
It’s not yet known whether these changes will push back the movie’s slated release date of November 2019, but if it does that’s probably for the best. Not only was the trailer met with the classic cries about childhoods’ ruined, but complaints varied from Sonic’s disturbing human-like teeth and general CGI quality to The Guardian reviewer Keith Stuart likened the character to a “cheap knock-off Sonic toy your child might win at a fairground stand and then be terrified of.”
Sonic the Hedgehog is voiced by Ben Schwart and the film also stars Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik, James Marsden as Tom Wachowski, and Tika Sumpter. Revisit the controversial first trailer below.