Sunday, March 18, 2012

Nickelodeon Movies And Paramount Pictures Announce Plans To Make A "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie" Sequel; Planned To Be Released In Late 2014

According to this Nickelodeon Movies news article on The Hollywood Reporter, Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount Pictures have announced plans to make a brand new "SpongeBob SquarePants" movie, which is expected to be released in movie theater's in the USA in late (Fall (Autumn)/Winter) 2014, approximately ten years after the North American theatrical release of the first "SpongeBob SquarePants" movie, called "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie", which was released in movie theater's across the USA in 2004:
Paramount to Release 'SpongeBob' Movie in Late 2014

Courtesy of Nickelodeon - "SpongeBob SquarePants"

UPDATED: Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman tells a Deutsche Bank investor conference that the film "will serve to start off or be one of our films that starts off our new animation effort."

NEW YORK - Viacom's Paramount Pictures will release a SpongeBob SquarePants movie in late 2014 as it looks to kick its animation output into a higher gear, Viacom president and CEO Philippe Dauman said Tuesday.

"We will be releasing a SpongeBob movie at the end of 2014, which will serve to start off or be one of our films that starts off our new animation effort," he told a Deutsche Bank media and telecom investor conference in Palm Beach, Fla. His appearance was webcast.

Paramount announced the formation of its new animation unit last July with a target of one release starting in 2014. It has previously not mentioned a specific project. However, Paramount picked up rights to Penny Arcade's science fiction comic New Kid in June and is planning an adaptation of it. The studio tapped The Book of Eli writer Gary Whitta to pen the script and Mary Parent and Cale Boyter are producing via their Paramount-based Disruption Entertainment.

Paramount has distributed animation fare from Jeffrey Katzenberg's DreamWorks Animation, but that deal is coming to an end at the close of this year. Dauman has repeatedly said that his company's studio would be fine without DWA, which has also weighed its options, including self-distributing its movies. But Dauman has not directly ruled out a potential renewal of the DWA deal.

Viacom released a SpongeBob film several years ago, but back then, Nickelodeon did not have as much of a presence around the world, Dauman said Tuesday in touting the outlook for the new feature.

The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie hit the silver screen late in 2004 and grossed $85.4 million domestically and $54.7 million abroad, according to The film saw SpongeBob take leave from the town of Bikini Bottom to track down King Neptune's stolen crown.

Paramount did not provide additional deals on the new SpongeBob film.

Dauman also once again said that the Paramount animation productions will be a new opportunity for his company as they will each cost less than $100 million, and the animation unit will be only 30 to 40 people strong, allowing for good financial returns. Thanks to modern technology, the films still look "great" despite the lower cost, he said. He also lauded his studio team for winning an animation Oscar for Rango, the studio's first fully-owned CGI effort. "We're very proud of that," he said.

David Stainton, the head of Paramount's animation effort, resigned abruptly earlier in February. That has left Paramount Motion Picture Group president Adam Goodman in charge.
Also, from Cinema Blend:
SpongeBob SquarePants Coming Back To Theaters In 2014

Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman revealed today that Paramount Pictures hopes to ramp up its animation output, and will kick things off with a new SpongeBob SquarePants movie in 2014.

According to THR, Dauman was speaking before a Deutsche Bank investor conference in New York, where he announced that the studio’s new animation unit, which launched last July, would produce one animated movie a year. This process comes as Paramount's deal to distribute DreamWorks Animation's features is coming to a close.

Paramount put out The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie in 2004, and it went on to earn $140.1M worldwide. But Dauman told the gathered crowd that Nickelodeon has a stronger presence around the globe than it did back then. He did not have any additional information on the plot of a SquarePants movie, but the creators have more than enough time to put it together.

In addition to SpongeBob, THR says that Paramount could develop an animated feature around Penny Arcade's science fiction comic New Kid, which they acquired the rights to in June. As of right now, they have hired Gary Whitte (The Book of Eli) to write a script, while Mary Parent and Cale Boyter plan to produce through their Paramount-based Disruption Entertainment.

My kids don’t watch a lot of SpongeBob, so I’m not certain the show's more popular today than it was in 2004. Maybe by 2014, 10 years after the first movie, the idea of SpongeBob will be so retro that it's cool again. We'll see what happens.

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