New Spongebob Squarepants movie adds Awkwafina, Reggie Watts
Spongebob Squarepants, and the rest of Bikini Bottom, is headed back to the big screen. According to The Hollywood Reporter, an upcoming feature, titled The SpongeBob Movie: It’s a Wonderful Sponge has been moving along at Paramount.
The film will be the first 3D computer-animated SpongeBob movie, which will feature a score by Hans Zimmer (!) and original songs by Ali Dee. Additionally, it will feature the voices of Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians) and Reggie Watts (Tuca & Bertie). Additionally, pop star Cyndi Lauper and co-writer Rob Hyman are working on original songs for the film. It’s described as a love letter to SpongeBob’s original creator Steven Hillenburg, who passed away last November, as well as the fans of the show, not to mention the fictional residents of Bikini Bottom.
Since its debut in 1999, SpongeBob SquarePants has become the most widely distributed property in Viacom International Media Networks history, seen in more than 208 countries and territories, translated in 55+ languages, and averaging more than 100 million total viewers every quarter. This marks the third feature-length Spongebob adventure, after 2004’s The Spongebob Squarepants Movie, and 2015’s Sponge Out of Water.
The project is being directed by Tim Hill and produced by Ryan Harris with choreography by Mia Michaels. The SpongeBob Movie: It’s a Wonderful Sponge is currently eyeing a May 2020 release.