What you need to know

  • Sonic the Hedgehog movie has been delayed until February 14, 2020.
  • The move follows backlash over Sonic's design.
  • Jeff Fowler, the director, said he's committed to getting the character right.

Sonic the Hedgehog director Jeff Fowler announced the upcoming movie is being delayed to February 14, 2020, following community backlash about Sonic's design.

After the trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog was released, the movie was immediately mocked. People were confused by why such a movie needed to exist. But the main criticism had to do with the design of Sonic, who didn't look at all like the iconic video game character fans have come to love.

The backlash was so intense that Fowler announced the team behind the movie were going to change Sonic's design based on feedback from the community.

"The message is loud and clear… you aren't happy with the design & you want changes," Fowler said. "It's going to happen. Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be…"

Turns out, the extra work is going to take a lot longer than we thought. Sonic the Hedgehog was originally scheduled to hit theaters on November 8. Now, the movie isn't arriving until early next year, so the artists have time to make things right.

It's an interesting turn of events. Fowler and the team behind Sonic aren't going to please everybody, but now there's extra pressure to really nail the design. What happens if fans still aren't happy?

If you don't have any plans next Valentine's Day, why not catch Sonic the Hedgehog in theaters?