Nickelodeon & Paramount pictures have announced a new SpongeBob Squarepants film, 'The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie: Sponge Out Of Water', which will be released in early 2015.
The Spongebob Squarepants Movie: Sponge Out Of Water storyline is yet to be revealed, but with SpongeBob villain Plankton set to play a part, one can assume an evil plot will have to be foiled once again and given the film's title, it's safe to say that SpongeBob will face a case of land sickness as he journeys out of the water and onto firmer terrain.
Just like the first film, SpongeBob Squarepants 2 will feature the same voice cast to portray the characters as the television show including Tom Kenny as SpongeBob and Bill Fagerbakke as Patrick Star. As might be expected with a potential blockbuster release, there will be a few famous names making an appearance as well, Antonio Banderas will play a pirate in both live action parts of the film as well as animated parts. Ex-Guns N Roses guitarist, Slash is also set to appear in the film, although his role has yet to be announced. Could a SpongeBob and Slash duet be on the cards?
The film will be directed and screen written by Paul Tibbitt, who was a writer for the television series from 1999 until 2004. He then became supervising producer for the show in 2005 as well as executive producer in 2007, both positions he still maintains. Tibbitt was also screenwriter and storyboard artist for the 2004 release of 'The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie', however this will be his first time as a director. Given how involved Tibbitt has been with the franchise over the years, fans should be confident he can pull off directing the film.
Looking at a poster for the film, it appears that SpongeBob will be taking a departure in terms of animation, as the film looks to be more CG animated as opposed to being a cartoon, like the television series and the previous film. The CG looks well done, but how fans will react to the film taking a step away from the show's cartoon roots is yet to be seen.
This will serve as the sequel to 2004's 'The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie', which was based on the popular television cartoon and is due to be released on February 6th 2015.