December 3, 2020 — According to a listing in British Colombia’s Film Commission, the sequel to Sonic The Hedgehog will begin production on March 15th, 2021. The soundtrack and score of the first film sadly didn’t have much of the revered music featured in the original games.
Though one has to ask if things might change this time around? In the first theater adaption of the Sonic franchise, the score was composed by the highly respected Thomas Holkenborg. Holkenborg is known for his work in films such as Mad Mad: Fury Road, Deadpool, and Terminator Dark Fate.
In his score for the first Sonic feature film, he avoids using elements directly from any of the games. Instead, Holkenborg incorporates a few elements of the retro themes such as the pacing and the light use of synth and drums; they sound as if they call back to the classic game’s lighthearted nature.
You can listen to some of the elements he incorporated when you play “Welcome To Green Hills” down below. Songs used in the first movie also largely avoid using tunes directly related to the core IP, official or otherwise. However, for one song, in particular, the film directly gives a nod to one of the popular fan-made games. “Friends” by Hyper Potions, is used in the opening of the first Sonic The Hedgehog flick and is a rendition of the opening theme for the game Sonic Mania. Unfortunately for the fans, there are not a lot of other callbacks to the classic SEGA franchise.
At least there was the occasional use of sound effects in the film that fans of the franchise would know all too well, so that was certainly a plus. With that said, you have to wonder if the sequel’s soundtrack and score will follow the first film’s direction, and keep the retroelements to a minimum. On the other hand, the sequel could potentially see more liberal use of the franchise’s extensive and varied soundtracks.
What do you think? Would you like to see more musical elements pulled directly from Sonic games new and old for the sequel?