Sonic the Hedgehog is an upcoming adventure comedy film based on the Sonic the Hedgehog video game franchise by Sega. The film is directed by Jeff Fowler (in his feature directorial debut) from a screenplay by Patrick Casey, Josh Miller, and Oren Uziel and a story by Casey and Miller. It stars Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic and Jim Carrey as his nemesis Doctor Robotnik, alongside James Marsden and Tika Sumpter. In the film, a small-town sheriff assists Sonic as he attempts to escape Dr. Robotnik and the government.
In 2013, Sony Pictures acquired the film rights to the franchise, and by 2014, it had a movie adaptation in development. Fowler was hired to direct in 2016. After Sony put the project in turnaround, Paramount Pictures acquired it in 2017, and the majority of the cast had signed on by August 2018. Filming took place between July and October 2018 in Ladysmith and Parksville both on Vancouver Island, and in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Sonic the Hedgehog, an international co-production between the United States and Japan, was originally scheduled to be released in the US on November 8, 2019, but after an overwhelmingly negative reaction to the first trailer, released on April 30, Paramount delayed the film to February 14, 2020 in order to redesign Sonic, whose original design drew the most criticism. The redesign, unveiled in a new trailer for the film, garnered a far more positive reaction from fans.