Sonic the Hedgehog 2 brings back composer Tom Holkenborg
Another name goes back to the highly anticipated Sonic the hedgehog following. Tom Holkenborg, otherwise known by his stage name as Junkie XL, returns to mark the sequel to the 2020 hit! He reprized his role in the production with director Jeff Fowler.
Holkenborg has a history with composing soundtracks for movies and video games. In video games, he wrote music for games such as Destroy all humans!, The Sims 2: Nightlife, and Need for speed: underground. In the cinema, he composed the music for action-packed films like Mad Max: Fury Road, dead Pool, Alita: the angel of battle, and Godzilla vs. Kong. When composing for Sonic the hedgehog, Holkenborg was inspired by Masato Nakamura’s original score of the 1991 game in which Blue Blur made its debut. Looks like we’ll have more in the sequel to come, but maybe taking some inspiration from the scores of Sonic 2, Sonic 3, and Sonic & knuckles.
Pat Casey and Josh Miller return as writers for the sequel script. John Whittington also joined them for the script of the sequel. Whittington’s previous work includes The Lego Batman movie, Lego Ninjago movie, and two episodes of Green Eggs and Ham. Neal H. Moritz, Toby Ascher and Toru Nakahara are also returning as producers of the sequel. Ben Schwartz is, of course, back to voice the infamous Blue Hedgehog. Colleen O’Shaughnessey as Miles “Tails” Prower, the Two-Tailed Fox, and Idris Elba as Knuckles the Echidna join him as Sonic’s animal companions.
The original 2020 film has a production that has fallen into infamy, with redesigned designs, fan reactions, and an unforgettable performance by Jim Carrey. The rocky road to Sonic’s big screen revealI landed a worldwide income of $ 319.7 million, beating Marvel’s ten-year streak (2010-2019) of having the highest-grossing superhero genre film of the year. While the film has a review score of 63%, its audience rating currently sits at a much higher level of 93%.
Since the film’s surprise success, as well as Tails’ stunning cameo at the end, fans have been eager to find news of the planned sequel. It wasn’t until the Game Awards 2021 that we finally got our first trailer. Paired with some upbeat music, we got to see the return of Sonic, Robotnik, and our first look at Tails and Knuckles. While no plot details have yet been released about the film, the trailer does consist of a few Easter Eggs featuring flashbacks to the popular 1998 Dreamcast game, Sonic Adventure. We also got a few snaps of the legendary Chaos Emerald, which has served as a major plot device throughout the Sonic franchise. The Chaos Emerald in particular has always been linked to the character of Knuckles.
Whatever happens in this film, fans new and old of the infamous Hedgehog have much to be excited about. With much of the old team returning and a lot of promising new faces, this is shaping up to be an exciting film. Sonic the hedgehog 2 is scheduled for spring 2022! News of Tom Holkenborg’s return comes from Film Music Journalist.
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