Nickelodeon Has Confirmed A SpongeBob SquarePants Prequel Series
Excellent news for fans of SpongeBob SquarePants - Nickelodeon has commissioned a 13 part series that will document the younger years of the porous protagonist and his nautical nonsense.
Under the working title Kamp Koral we'll meet the 10-year-old SpongeBob and all of the gang swimming around at an underwater summer camp - the aforementioned Kamp Koral we'd imagine - getting into all sorts of psychedelic and unusual scrapes.
Interestingly enough, this show is going to be completely animated using CGI. That's a break from how the original show was made, and it will certainly look a bit different, but if you want to experience it first hand, check out the 2015 film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.
This new show will be co-executive produced by Vincent Waller and Marc Ceccarelli and will feature exactly the kind of nonsense that we're all used to. Jellyfish catching, swimming in the camp (or should that be kamp) lake, Lake Yuckymuck, and defying the laws of reality will all be on the menu.
Announcing the show, Nickelodeon's Executive Vice President for Animation Production and Development, Ramsey Naito, said: "SpongeBob has an incredible universe to expand upon and the green light for Kamp Koral is a testament to the strength and longevity of these characters known and loved by generations of fans around the world,"
It looks as if the show is due to begin production this month.
That's just a matter of weeks before the 20th anniversary of the show debuting on Nickelodeon. The kids' TV channel has dubbed this special year the shows 'Best Ever Year'.
Seems fair enough.
Throughout the month of July they'll be honouring what is now one of the most enduring and popular animated characters in TV history with lots of showings and a special celebration program entitled SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout.
Oh, and they're not finished there.
A third film in the franchise is going to hit cinemas in 2020. The SpongeBob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge is slated to arrive in cinemas in 2020.
There is also the possibility that there will be further spin-off shows in the works. Back in February, Variety reported that Nickelodeon president Brian Robbins said that the company was exploring things such as "an original story about SpongeBob and Patrick, or a [diving suited squirrel] Sandy Cheeks stand-alone story."
Robbins said: "That's our Marvel Universe. You have this amazing show that's run for almost twenty years."
The series was created by Stephen Hillenburg, who died of ALS in in 2018.
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