Aside from Baby Yoda, the two most talked-about critters in entertainment in the past week would have to be both the cats of “Cats” and the redesign of Sonic the Hedgehog for the upcoming “Sonic” film.
In the last two days though, the discussion has also been swirling around the expense of both films with estimates of insane budget both being reported on, with one of them reigned back in. It began shortly after the new “Sonic” trailer showing off the refreshed look for the lead character – a design that looks much more like the original SEGA games that spawned the franchise.
One tweet, since deleted, alleged that the change of the design cost Paramount Pictures upwards of $35 million to overhaul, pushing the film’s overall budget up from $90 million to $125 million. An Indiewire report subsequently shot that down, their sources confirming that the actual cost of the redesign was closer to just $5 million.
The decision was made to delay the film and redesign “Sonic” at a point in the production when the only completed VFX shots were those in the first trailer released in April. As a result, the changes were relatively simple to implement, the only shots that needed to be redone were those in the trailer, and so “any rumor alleging the redesign made the ‘Sonic’ VFX team suffer is far from true” says their source.
The other report related to the musical “Cats” which launched its new trailer this week. The Guardian reports that the film is coming in at a cost of a truly jaw-dropping £230 million which equates to $297 million U.S. dollars. That report hasn’t been shot down yet and would make the film one of the most expensive ever made – about on par with “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” and the heavily reshot “Justice League”.
“Sonic the Hedgehog” is slated to open in cinemas on February 14th 2020, while “Cats” opens the weekend before Christmas this year.