‘Sonic’ Redesign Cost Paramount Nowhere Near the $35 Million That’s Been Rumored

IndieWire | 11/18/2019 | Staff
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Nearly four months after announcing it was pushing the release of “Sonic the Hedgehog” to 2020 in order to give director Jeff Fowler enough time to redesign the title character, Paramount dropped a new trailer that showed off a Sonic more faithful to his video game origins. The character redesign has led many in the industry to question just how costly it was to go back into the film and reanimate Sonic. One tweet alleging the redesign cost $35 million and brought the film’s total budget up to $125 million has gone viral with over 10,000 re-tweets. It turns out that number is outrageously high compared to what Paramount actually spent on the change.

A source close to the “Sonic the Hedgehog” production estimates the character redesign cost Paramount less than $5 million. The source says VFX work on the film was far from completed by the time the decision was made to delay the film and redesign Sonic. The only Sonic VFX that were fully completed were reportedly the ones seen in the first trailer, which dropped online April 30. Most of the...
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