After 19 years, SpongeBob Squarepants is finally getting an origin story
SpongeBob Squarepants first appeared on our screens all the way back in 1999.
For nearly two decades, all the background we needed was explained in the lyrics of the theme song. He lives in a pineapple under the sea, and he is absorbent and yellow and porous.
Now it seems we are finally going to get the SpongeBob Squarepants secret origin story we never knew we needed.
President of Paramount Animation Mireille Soria spoke at the VIEW Conference in Turin this week, and revealed that a new film would reveal Spongebob’s background.
The SpongeBob Movie: It’s a Wonderful Sponge will be the third cinematic adaptation of the Nickelodeon cartoon, following 2004’s The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie and 2015’s The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.
“For the first time ever, we’re going to the get to the origin of how little SpongeBob met the rest of the Bikini Bottom gang at summer camp,” Soria announced.
“The film’s opening will take place at Camp Coral when all of our favourite characters meet for the first time.”
Apparently, the movie is going to made with 3D CGI animation, instead of the traditional 2D look of the show. A similar style was used in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. It will also feature some live-action sequences with the characters in the real world, which also happened in the previous two films.
The Dark Knight and Inception composer Hans Zimmer will write the score, with some yet-to-be-announced big musical names also on the soundtrack.
SpongeBob Squarepants first debuted on Nickelodeon all the way back in May 1999. It has been on our screens ever since, with 239 episodes over eleven seasons. The show has generated over $13 billion in merchandise revenue, and is screened all over the world.
It has also generated many memes. So many memes.
The SpongeBob Movie: It’s a Wonderful Sponge is currently due for release on July 17th, 2020.