We recently got a look at the newly redesigned Sonic for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie via the latest trailer. The VFX team spent months redesigning the character following the release of the first trailer, which showcased a heavily scrutinized version of the blue Sega creation that diverted in a big way from the games. So, what did it cost for Paramount Pictures to overhaul Sonic's design? Not as much as has been reported, it would seem.
Recently, a tweet from a Twitter user going by the name of TRAFON gained quite a bit of traction, to the tune of more than 22 thousand retweets. The tweet suggests that Paramount spent $35 million redesigning Sonic the Hedgehog, which started back in May. Here's what TRAFON had to say.
"The official numbers to re-animate Sonic for the movie was 35 Millon. The movies budget went from 90 to 125 Million. I hope people go out and see this, a studio dumped 35 Million extra in to change something for us, this needs to succeed or what is our feedback really worth?"
While the heart of that message is positive and the Sonic the Hedgehog redesign trailer went over well, encouraging fans to see Sonic the Hedgehog in theaters since the studio did listen to the overwhelming demand, there are some issues. Primarily, there is no citation for that $35 million figure. Now, a new report is refuting that number, stating that a source close to the production says the actual figure is less than $5 million. That is a massive and significant difference. Increasing a budget by $5 million probably won't, in the long run, hurt a movie's box office prospects nearly as much, in terms of what it takes to become profitable. At least not when it comes to a movie of this size. And especially since the fan response to the redesign has been largely positive, which could help put a lot more meat in seats. $35 million, on the other hand, adds a lot of financial pressure.
Per the source, the effects work on the movie wasn't even close to done at the time that it was decided to redesign Sonic. As such, they were able to easily fold the redesign plans into the schedule, especially once Paramount delayed the release until next year. Plus, the same source says the only shots of Sonic that were finished were the ones that were glimpsed in the first trailer. So it's not as though they had to go back to square one with the Sonic the Hedgehog VFX on an otherwise finished product.
Jeff Fowler is in the director's chair, making his feature debut. Tim Miller (Deadpool, Terminator: Dark Fate) serves as a producer. Ben Schwartz provides the voice of Sonic, with Jim Carrey playing the evil Dr. Robotnik. James Marsden, Neal McDonough, Adam Pally and Natasha Rothwell also star. Will the redesign pay off? We'll find out when Sonic the Hedgehog hits theaters on February 14, 2020. This news comes to us via IndieWire.
The official numbers to re-animate Sonic for the movie was 35 Millon. The movies budget went from 90 to 125 Million— TRAFON (@RiseFallNick) November 18, 2019
I hope people go out and see this, a studio dumped 35 Million extra in to change something for us, this needs to succeed or what is our feedback really worth? pic.twitter.com/oJUQ9kLmrJ