By James Duffy
Pressure from fans has caused a redesign of the character of Sonic in the new Sonic the Hedgehog Movie trailer. And the updated version seems to have given fans exactly what they want.
The original Sonic The Hedgehog Movie trailer was met with widespread criticism.
Director, Jeff Fowler, tweeted: “Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear… you aren’t happy with the design & you want changes.”
Telling fans that “Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be.”
No figures have been confirmed on how much the redesign cost. But it has led some people to ask if fans are having too much sway on the making of a movie.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi Director, Rian Johnson, talked to Business Insider about this issue before.
“If I wrote wondering what the fans would want, as tempting as that is, it wouldn’t work.”
HNC film and television student at North West Regional College Patrick Bonina shares Johnson’s sentiment, saying, “If people didn’t like it, I probably wouldn’t change it, because I’m telling this story for a reason.”
The aspiring director said that fans should be open for change even from adaptations of beloved characters.
“Wouldn’t it just be boring if every single movie we did was the same as the source material was.”
In the case of the original design of Sonic, Bonina praised the studio for listening to fans.
This is not the first time studios have changed films because of fan backlash.
In 2012 the Alien prequel: Prometheus was released. Fans seemed displeased at relative lack of Xenomorphs that the series is known for.
So despite plans not to director, Ridley Scott decided to include the iconic extra-terrestrials in the sequel. Despite this Covenant did worse in the Box office than its predecessor.