When Paramount unveiled the first trailer for the Sonic movie, they didn’t get the reception they had hoped. To put it bluntly, the internet hated it. Sonic creators Yuji Naka and Naoto Ohshima weren’t impressed either. In response, Paramount decided to redesign Sonic before the movie’s release. With just six months until the scheduled theater debut, that seemed like a nearly impossible task. Could they really replace the main character in such a short period of time? The answer is no. The Sonic movie is now officially delayed.
Sonic movie pushed back
Director Jeff Fowler just announced the news on Twitter. Fowler says the team is taking time “to make Sonic just right.” The new release date is February 14, 2020. That’s a little more than three months after the original release date. It also means that Sonic will no longer hit theaters during the lucrative holiday season. However, it will probably have less competition in its new February slot.
Hopefully, this movie is worth the wait. The extra three months should make life a little easier for the art and animation teams. Redesigning the main character and replacing him in every scene in six months would have been a nightmare. It almost certainly would have led to extremely stressful levels of overtime. Fowler tagged his post with “No VFX artists were harmed in the making of this film.” That’s a good sign, especially when compared with his “Gotta fix fast” slogan the last time around. Sometimes a delay is a good thing.