The SpongeBob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge
The SpongeBob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge is an upcoming American live-action animated comedy film based on the animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants. Directed by former series writer Tim Hill, who wrote the screenplay with Michael Kvamme, Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, the film is a prequel to the television series. The regular voice cast of the series are expected to reprise their respective roles from the series and the previous films, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004) and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015).
|The SpongeBob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge|
Comic-Con teaser poster
|Directed by||Tim Hill|
|Produced by||Ryan Harris|
|Based on||SpongeBob SquarePants|
by Stephen Hillenburg
|Music by||Hans Zimmer|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
- Tom Kenny as SpongeBob SquarePants and Gary the Snail
- Bill Fagerbakke as Patrick Star
- Rodger Bumpass as Squidward Tentacles
- Clancy Brown as Eugene H. Krabs
- Mr. Lawrence as Sheldon J. Plankton
- Jill Talley as Karen Plankton
- Carolyn Lawrence as Sandy Cheeks
- Mary Jo Catlett as Mrs. Puff
- Lori Alan as Pearl Krabs
- Reggie Watts
- Snoop Dogg
In a February 2015 interview discussing The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water's success at the box office, Megan Colligan, president of worldwide distribution and marketing at Paramount Pictures, stated the possibility of a third film was "a good bet." In another interview, Paramount vice-chairman Rob Moore remarked, "Hopefully, it won't take 10 years to make another film," in reference to the time passed between The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004) and its 2015 sequel. Later in 2015, it was revealed that Paramount was developing sequels to its franchises, including another SpongeBob film.
In March 2017, Paramount president Marc Evans announced that the studio would work closely with Viacom on its TV brands, including the SpongeBob film. During the same month, Yahoo! Entertainment stated that the film would be titled The SpongeBob Movie.
In April 2018, the film's official title was revealed as The SpongeBob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge, and SpongeBob co-developer Tim Hill was announced as director and writer for the film. It was reported later in the year that the film would be written by Aibel, Berger, and Michael Kvamme. The principal cast – Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Clancy Brown, Mr. Lawrence, Rodger Bumpass, Carolyn Lawrence, Jill Talley, Mary Jo Catlett, and Lori Alan – are all expected to reprise the roles as their respective characters from the series and the previous films. In October 2018, at the VIEW Conference in Turin, Italy, Paramount Animation president Mireille Soria revealed the plot for the film. Hans Zimmer was also announced as the composer for the film, while Paris and Montreal-based Mikros Image would handle animation for the film, which would be created entirely through computer graphics.
On June 12, 2019, it was announced that Reggie Watts and Awkwafina were added to the cast, with Cyndi Lauper and Rob Hyman (who also wrote a song for The SpongeBob Musical) would be writing original songs for the film. It was also announced that Mia Michaels would be choreographing, and Ali Dee would add an original song for the film.
On January 22, 2019, it was confirmed that production on the film had officially begun. Like its predecessors, the film will include live-action sequences, with Larry Fong as the film's cinematographer.
The SpongeBob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge is reportedly to be released on May 22, 2020 by Paramount Pictures. It was originally set for February 9, 2019, but was pushed back to August 2, 2019, then July 31, 2020, and later July 17, 2020, before finally moving to its current date.
Kamp Koral is a SpongeBob SquarePants spin-off prequel series, based on The SpongeBob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge, that introduces a 10-year-old SpongeBob at a summer sleepaway camp.
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