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Sonic the Hedgehog sequel in development

A sequel to the live-action Sonic the Hedgehog is in the works that will bring back director Jeff Fowler.

Pat Casey and Josh Miller are also returning to pen the script. Neal H. Moritz, Toby Ascher and Toru Nakahara are producing with Hajime Satomi, Haruki Satomi and Tim Miller executive producing.

The first Sonic the Hedgehog film, based on the popular video series of the same name, was released into theatres on February 14. The film topped the North American box office with $57 million on its way to earning $306 million worldwide. Ben Schwartz voiced the iconic video game character and Jim Carrey portrayed franchise villain Dr Robotnik.


Star Wars: The High Republic novels, comics delayed to 2021

Lucasfilm’s planned Star Wars: The High Republic publishing line of novels and comic books has been delayed until 2021. It was to kick off in August.

The novel Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule and middle-grade novel A Test of Courage by Justina Ireland, will now be released on January 5, while Into the Dark by Claudia Gray has been moved to February 2.

New release dates for Marvel’s The High Republic comic book series and IDW’s The High Republic Adventures comic book series will be announced later.

The High Republic publishing line will explore the Star Wars galaxy 200 years before the events of The Phantom Menace which kicks off the Skywalker Saga.

This era will feature the Jedi Order and the Galactic Republic at the height of their powers with the galaxy at peace, until a new threat arrives. Lucasfilm Publishing creative director Michael Siglain said that the delay was to ensure that The High Republic’s launch is grand and epic.


Homeschool Musical with Laura Benanti

HBO Max has given the greenlight to special Homeschool Musical: Class of 2020 from Tony Award winner Laura Benanti. The scripted musical special will feature students from across the US whose musicals were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Homeschool Musical: Class of 2020 will explore the themes of classic teen movies through the lens of a world turned upside down due to the pandemic.

The cast will consist of student actors who will be performing from the safety of their homes and portraying seniors from the same high school.

The special is inspired by Benanti’s online movement #SunshineSongs where the actress offered to be an audience for students whose spring musicals were cancelled.

Published in Dawn, Young World, June 27th, 2020