SpongeBob Squarepants' Patrick Star Is Getting His Own Spin-Off Show
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Fans of SpongeBob Squarepants will be happy to know their favourite animated universe is getting a little bigger.
Deadline reports Patrick Star, the legendary best friend of SpongeBob, will be getting his own TV series on Nickelodeon.
The Patrick Star Show will explore the starfish's life outside of the world we already know and we will get to see his family and other friends.
Patrick will reportedly be voiced by Bill Fagerbakke and recording sessions have already got underway. The first season of the series is expected to have 13 episodes and audiences will get to see whether it's a hit or a flop.
But you won't have to say goodbye to everyone in Bikini Atoll.
Deadline says characters from the SpongeBob world will make cameo appearances in the spin-off - which makes us very happy.
Early last year, Nickelodeon president Brian Robbins said they were exploring options for a SpongeBob spin-off series. They tossed up several ideas, which also included a standalone series for diving suited squirrel Sandy Cheeks.
Robbins said: "That's our Marvel Universe. You have this amazing show that's run for almost twenty years."
But the first idea to get the green light from the studio was Kamp Koral, which is a prequel series focusing on SpongeBob when he was 10 years old.
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,"
The series is due to premiere on CBS next year but the Patrick Star spin-off doesn't have a release date yet.