The upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog live-action film has been delayed to February 14, 2020. The new release date was announced by director Jeff Fowler.
Fowler wrote on Twitter, “Taking a little more time to make Sonic just right.” He then posted a photo with the new release date. He cheekily pointed out the delay is being caused by changes to Sonic’s character design.
Taking a little more time to make Sonic just right.#novfxartistswereharmedinthemakingofthismovie pic.twitter.com/gxhu9lhU76
— Jeff Fowler (@fowltown) May 24, 2019
Fowler and Paramount Pictures faced an intense amount of fan backlash over the design of Sonic the Hedgehog after they released the first trailer for the film.
Following the backlash, Fowler surprisingly took the criticism in stride and indicated they planned to fix the character and make him “the BEST he can be…”
Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear… you aren’t happy with the design & you want changes. It’s going to happen. Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be… #sonicmovie #gottafixfast 🔧✌️
— Jeff Fowler (@fowltown) May 2, 2019
It definitely appears he meant that as he’s given his team a couple of more months to get the character design for Sonic just right. In fact, the release date image already provides a little bit of a hint about the new design.
Twitter user okkooliguess points out that Sonic now has gloves!
— woodrot (@okkooliguess) May 24, 2019
Most fans were extremely positive about the delayed release date.
I’ll be sure to see this movie Day One! pic.twitter.com/kR0vmCmrEU
— Marc Spector (@FilmmakerMarcoC) May 24, 2019
Thank you for listening to the fans. You guys made the right call. I have much higher hopes for this movie now because you guys are showing that you are listening.
Good on you and good luck to you and your crew!
— Canadian Guy Eh (@Canadianguyehh) May 24, 2019
— Mazer NAKAT 🦂🌹 (@CLGNAKAT_) May 24, 2019
Aunque nos encante la velocidad de Sonic, hay veces que es mejor tomarse su tiempo. pic.twitter.com/J0LVDiP8L6
— fenometrix (@fenometrix) May 24, 2019
— Sam’s Procrastination Station (@SamsProStation) May 24, 2019
Thank you so much for pushing the date back so you keep things as ethical as possible for your FX team! Take as much time as you need.
PS: love the new gloves 😉✨
— THE FUCK T3RFS MONSTER ⚢ @ ANTHROCON (@TarotTiger) May 24, 2019
What do you make of the new release date? Are you looking forward to the new Sonic character design?