Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Nickelodeon to Produce Squidward Tentacles Based 'SpongeBob' Spin-Off for Netflix

Nickelodeon will be producing a brand-new music-based SpongeBob SquarePants spin-off centered on Squidward Tentacles, the malcontent anthropomorphic octopus as part of the network's freshly announced multi-year output deal with Netflix, The New York Times has learned.

Announced today, Nickelodeon's new pact with Netflix will see the network produce original animated feature films and television series - based both on the Nickelodeon library of characters as well as all-new intellectual properties - for kids and families around the world.

No further details of the planned Squidward project were revealed.

Squidward Tentacles is SpongeBob’s not-so-happy neighbor who would do anything to get away from him. Unfortunately for Squidward, he and SpongeBob are also coworkers at the Krusty Krab. This clarinet-playing job-hating cashier just wants some peace and quiet. Squidward is often a very cynical, selfish individual and displays an unjustified air of superiority. He lives a a Easter Island, located between SpongeBob's pineapple home and Patrick's rock, and is voiced by Rodger Bumpas.

The project will be the second announced SpongeBob SquarePants spin-off, following the announcement of Kamp Koral, a original spinoff series of the network's iconic hit which follow a 10-year-old SpongeBob SquarePants during his summer at sleepaway camp. The series is set to premiere during summer 2020.

The news comes as Nickelodeon is looking at ways to expand the SpongeBob universe for fresh new stories. "Literally my second or third day here, I was asked to go to a SpongeBob season 12 or 13 pickup meeting. I asked a lot of questions. What I realized is that we’ve made a lot of shows over many, many years, but the shows basically stayed the same. We had all these great characters in the world of SpongeBob, but we never individually explored their origin stories or their histories or put them in their own environments," Nickelodeon President Brian Robbins recently told TV KIDS.

SpongeBob SquarePants, which was recently greenlit for a 13th season, has reigned as the number-one kids’ animated series on TV for the last 17 years, while generating a universe of beloved characters, pop culture catchphrases and memes, theatrical releases, consumer products, a Tony award-winning Broadway musical which is now touring North America and a global fan base. SpongeBob SquarePants is seen in more than 208 countries and territories, translated in 55+ languages, and averages more than 100 million total viewers every quarter. SpongeBob SquarePants is created by Stephen Hillenburg and produced by Nickelodeon in Burbank, Calif.

Nickelodeon's is currently in the midst of the network's "Best Year Ever", a year-long global celebration of one of the most iconic TV series and characters ever created. The “Best Year Ever” launched with the premiere of “SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout,” an original mixed live-action and animated special earlier this summer, and leads up to the Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies theatrical, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, coming May 2020.

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Originally published: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 19:35 GMT.

H/T: Anime Superhero Forum /@kanc, Nickandmore!; Encyclopedia SpongeBobia.
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