Sonic the Hedgehog 3 movie and Knuckles spin-off series confirmed

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 movie & Knuckles Paramount+ TV spin-off live-action series Idris Elba Sega Paramount

Paramount Pictures and Sega have announced that a Sonic the Hedgehog 3 movie is already officially in development, in addition to a live-action Paramount+ Knuckles series with Idris Elba reprising the character. The movie does not seem to have a release window yet, but the Knuckles series will premiere in 2023. As a reminder, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 doesn’t even release in theaters until April 8, 2022. That means Paramount and Sega know they have a winner on their hands with this film — and now TV — franchise.

“We are delighted to announce that the third Sonic theatrical film and the first live action Sonic series for Paramount+ are being actively developed,” said Sega Corporation CEO Haruki Satomi. “We’ve got a remarkable partnership with Paramount, and we are excited to continue expanding the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise with them. 2022 is shaping up to be a significant year for the franchise with the second film being released this April, as well as Sonic Frontiers, the highly anticipated video game title, coming this holiday. Sonic has been beloved by fans across the world for over 30 years and we look forward to continuing to bring memorable moments and experiences to them for many years to come.”

With a Sonic the Hedgehog 3 movie coming to theaters and a live-action Idris Elba Knuckles series coming to Paramount+, Sonic fans have a lot to be excited about. This is in addition to the animated Sonic Prime series coming to Netflix. But above all else, it’s incredible how we literally have another Sonic the Hedgehog 3 “& Knuckles” situation on our hands. Good lord, Sega.


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!