Well, this shouldn’t surprise anyone.
The Sonic the Hedgehog live-action movie has been pushed back to February 14, 2020. This is due to the studio deciding that the need to rework Sonic after fan backlash over the un-Sonic-like design of the character.
The movie’s director took to Twitter earlier today to make the announcement.
— Jeff Fowler (@fowltown) May 24, 2019
The hashtag seems to indicate that this is so the visual FX artists have ample time to rework Sonic, as there was a growing concern they’d be worked to the bone to make the initial release of November 2019.
Director Jeff Fowler also took to Twitter earlier in the month to announce that Sonic would be redesigned to be more in line with his classic video game counterpart.
Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear… you aren't happy with the design & you want changes. It's going to happen. Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be… #sonicmovie #gottafixfast 🔧✌️
— Jeff Fowler (@fowltown) May 2, 2019
This made Sonic’s co-creator Yuji Naka very happy.
Not everybody is happy about the decision to make Sonic fans happy.
Of course the internet is lit up with the usual articles attacking the “entitled” fans for wanting their favorite characters to look and act like their favorite characters.
In fact, according to ComicBook.com it’s dangerous to give fans what they want, even if it might hedge(hog?) your bets at the box office…
Arguably the most dangerous example of fans demanding a creator please them came with the Sonic teaser. (…)
While this was considered a “win” by one faction of fans, it doesn’t account for the fans who actually enjoyed this initial design. Additionally, Fowler didn’t note how the design would be changed, which opens up the notion that an upcoming design still won’t be embraced by fans. Now that there’s a precedent that, if you’re loud enough, you will get what you want, it means that anytime enough fans don’t enjoy a piece of art, they can band together to voice their complaints and point to, “Well, Sonic changed the design, so you can change this.”
And then there’s Twitter…
Shit like this is why redoing Sonic is so fucking dangerous.
Listening to entitled fans is what kills artistic vision.
Imagine if Ledger had petitions up when fans heard about him playing Joker and we never got that.
God damn people need priorities.https://t.co/UQwJSnbD7t
— Bolen (@ShaunBolen) May 19, 2019
Now let’s just hope that the weird design choices for Sonic was the biggest hurdle, and that the movie doesn’t completely suck.