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'Sonic the Hedgehog 3' movie officially in the works, Idris Elba to star in 'Knuckles' spinoff TV series

A third Sonic movie as well as a live-action spinoff series starring Knuckles are already speeding forward. 

By Vanessa Armstrong
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If two Sonic the Hedgehog movies weren’t enough for you, then today is your lucky day! Paramount and Sega announced that not only is a third Sonic movie in the works — but also that Idris Elba’s character, Knuckles, is getting his own spinoff show. 

According to Deadline, Paramount Pictures is already developing Sonic the Hedgehog 3, while over at Paramount+ an original live-action Sonic spinoff TV series starring Knuckles (voiced by Idris Elba) will premiere on the streaming platform sometime in 2023. It seems it's only the beginning of the expanded Sonic universe era, and after years of separate animated/CGI shows (the recent Sonic Boom wasn't half bad!), it seems we're getting a show in the same world as the hit film series.

We have yet to see Elba’s Knuckles beyond the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 trailer, but it seems the higher-ups at Paramount and Sega like what they’ve seen of Sonic’s latest nemesis. The news of the spinoff and sequel broke during Viacom’s Investor Event today, where the execs involved shared their excitement about all things Sonic

“We are delighted to announce that the third Sonic theatrical film and the first live action Sonic series for Paramount+ are being actively developed,” Haruki Satomi, CEO of Sega Corporation, said. “We’ve got a remarkable partnership with Paramount, and we are excited to continue expanding the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise with them.”

There are no details yet on when the third movie will come out or what the plot of the Knuckles spinoff will entail (pun intended, sorry Tails), but it stands to reason Knuckles will eventually follow his video game arc and find his way to the side of good, fighting by Sonic and Tails' side.

In the meantime, the second Sonic the Hedgehog film premieres April 8, and comes after the box office success of the first movie. We recently got a teaser of the sequel during this year’s Superbowl, and the movie will not only introduce Elba as Knuckles but also will see the return of Ben Schwartz voicing Sonic, Jim Carrey as Doctor Ivo Robotnik, and James Marsden and Tika Sumpter in the flesh as Tom and Maddie Wachowski. Jeff Fowler, who directed the first movie, also directed the sequel. No news yet on whether or not he will also helm the third film.