Live-action Rugrats movie, plus TV series reboot in the works
Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures have announced a double dose of the 90s animated series Rugrats, revealing that a 26-episode revival of the TV series is already in production and that a live-action film featuring CGI characters from Paramount Players is in development.
“Rugrats is hands-down one of the most celebrated cartoons in TV history, and we are thrilled for a whole new audience to meet these iconic characters in brand-new adventures,” said Sarah Levy, COO, Viacom Media Networks; and Interim President, Nickelodeon. “What was true in 1991 when the original show premiered is still true today: kids are fascinated with the world of babies. We can’t wait for today’s kids to meet Tommy, Chuckie and pals.”
Brian Robbins, President of Paramount Players, adds, “Now feels like the ideal time to reintroduce this iconic cast of characters to a whole new generation of young fans. Kids who grew up with Tommy Pickles and the Rugrats crew will now be able to share that experience with their own children.”
The new animated series will see the return of original series creators Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain, who serve as executive producers. As for the live-action movie, Family Guy and Futurama scribe David A. Goodman is set to pen the script. It will debut in theaters on November 13, 2020.
Rugrats first premiered on Nickelodeon in 1991 and would go on to run for nine seasons and 172 episodes. The series focused on the troupe of babies including Tommy Pickles, Chuckie Finster, twins Phil and Lil, and Tommy’s cousin Angelica. The series had three theatrically released movies, the first of which grossed over $100 million at the domestic box office back in 1998.