Sonic the Hedgehog racing to digital platforms early!
After already becoming the highest-grossing video game film in the US last month, Paramount Pictures is bringing Sonic the Hedgehog home to digital platforms early on March 31 as families are being forced across the country to practice social distancing. Click here to pre-order Sonic the Hedgehog!
In addition to making the film available early on digital platforms, Paramount has also announced the iconic adventure game adaptation is set to hit shelves on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD on May 19 and renting on discs at Redbox and similar businesses around the same time.
The decision to release the film early digitally comes as Warner Bros. recently moved up the online debuts of Birds of Prey, The Way Back and Just Mercy to March 24, while fellow studio Sony has bumped up Bloodshot‘s debut, STX’s The Gentlemen and Disney’s Frozen II and Onward, while Universal has released The Hunt and The Invisible Man early and are planning to release Trolls World Tour simultaneously online and in theaters in April.
The film was originally set to hit theaters this past November but after very negative reviews from audiences surrounding the design of the iconic character, Paramount delayed the release to February 14, 2020, with the goal of redesigning Sonic to better fit his look from the video games, and the move worked, scoring positive reviews from critics and audiences alike and grossing over $306 million at the global box office on a $95 million production budget.
Written by Patrick Casey (Golan the Insatiable), Josh Miller (Golan the Insatiable) and Oren Uziel (The Cloverfield Paradox), the film follows Tom Wachowski, a cop in the rural town of Green Hills, who decides to help Sonic escape from the government looking to capture him. The film is directed by Jeff Fowler and executive produced by Tim Miller (Terminator: Dark Fate).
The cast for Sonic the Hedgehog includes Jim Carrey (Kidding) as Sonic’s rival, Doctor Robotnik/Eggman, James Marsden (Westworld) as Wachowski, a police officer who teams up with Sonic; Adam Pally (The Mindy Project) as Tom’s fellow police officer, Tika Sumpter (Ride Along), and Natasha Rothwell (Wonder Woman 1984). Ben Schwartz (Parks and Rec) provides the voice for Sonic in the film.
Sonic the Hedgehog is set to hit digital platforms on March 31 and on 4K UHD and Blu-ray on May 19!