When Sonic movie director Jeff Fowler announced that Sonic would be getting a redesign, it wasn’t clear exactly how much work that would require. Many assumed it would require a significant overhaul of the movie’s special effects, and it was recently rumored that the cost of the change was around $35 million. It would appear none of this was accurate, however.
According to IndieWire, the cost of the overhaul was actually around $5 million, and that the only completed Sonic effects were what was shown in the first trailer back in April. IndieWire’s source also said that any rumors of that the movie’s VFX team ‘suffered’ during production are “far from true.”
The reception of the new design has been almost universally positive, so it would appear that was $5 million well spent. Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog is scheduled for release on February 14, 2020.