Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Director Teases Upcoming Knuckles TV Series
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 director Jeff Fowler explains what to expect from the upcoming spinoff series on Paramount+ revolving around Knuckles the Echidna.
WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for sonic the hedgehog 2.
In a recent interview, sonic the hedgehog 2 director Jeff Fowler has teased the upcoming spin-off series on Paramount+ revolving around Knuckles the Echidna. Ahead of debuting in the new sequel film, her series was announced as part of Viacom’s Investor event, with a third Sonic film. Voiced by English actor Idris Elba, Knuckles was considered a highlight of the second film by many fans. Released last weekend sonic the hedgehog 2 was a huge success, breaking the record for best opening weekend for a film based on a video game.
Knuckles started out as an enemy of Sonic (Ben Schwartz) in the movie, alongside Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey). Sworn to protect the Master Emerald, he battled the titular hedgehog several times until Robotnik stole him for himself, going mad with power. Realizing his mistake, the Echidna joined Sonic and his friend Tails (Colleen O’Shaughnessey) and defeated the evil scientist in an epic battle. The three heroes then made a vow to become together the new guardians of the Emerald.
Now the director of both Sonic movies gave a small preview of what’s to come for the Red Warrior. In an interview with DiscussMovie, Fowler said his spin-off series is in its very early stages of development. He teased the many different story possibilities for the character and how exciting it could be for fans. Read his full thoughts below:
“Oh it’s very early with all this [the Knuckles series]. One thing I knew after finishing the movie, people are going to love this character. They’re going to love Idris playing this character and they’re definitely going to want more Knuckles. So right now all the focus is on getting people excited and coming out to see what’s next. Then we’ll go from there. He’s such a wonderful character that there are so many different ways you can go. [in the series] that the fans could really get excited about, so that will hopefully happen very soon. But right now, I can’t wait for people to see what’s next.”
The director also gave his thoughts on the future of video game movies, mentioning the plethora of modern games with potential. Fowler said great visuals are of no use if they’re not backed by relatable characters and/or exciting gameplay, and that should apply to movies as well. According to him, this puts pressure on the writers, resulting in better stories eventually coming out of the filmmaking process.
Knuckles the Echidna has always been a fan favorite character from the sonic the hedgehog franchise. With his no-prisoners attitude and immense power, there are certainly plenty of stories about him that could be told in live-action media. It is currently unknown when the next series will take place – before or after the events of sonic the hedgehog 2 — but fans are nonetheless thrilled. Given that Knuckles is currently with Sonic and Tails, it’s safe to assume the series will be some kind of prequel. Maybe this will show what he was up to during the events of the first movie. One thing can be said for sure: Elba’s portrayal of the iconic warrior was a highlight, and it’ll be great to see what he has in store for the character when the series debuts.
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