Thursday, November 14, 2019

Paramount Removes 'Rugrats' Movie from Upcoming Release Schedule

Paramount Grounds ‘Rugrats’ Movie

Paramount Pictures is putting its Rugrats movie in a timeout. The studio said today that it has pulled the Nickelodeon TV adaptation from its schedule after setting a January 29, 2021.


Taking over that weekend slot is Rumble, the toon from Paramount Animation and WWE Studios that is set in a world where monster wrestling is a global sport and monsters are superstar athletes. Will Arnett, Terry Crews, Geraldine Viswanathan and WWE stars Becky Lynch and Roman Reigns lead the voice cast for Rumble, which moves back six months from its planned July 31, 2020, date.

Rugrats was announced in July 2018 as a live-action pic with CGI characters as part of a franchise revival that also includes a new Nick TV series. The movie was originally announced with a November 13th, 2020. Paramount, which didn’t cite a reason for grounding the film, released three Rugrats features in the late 1990s and early 2000s: The Rugrats Movie (1998), Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000) and Rugrats Go Wild (2003). They combined to draw just a shade under $300 million worldwide. David Bowers, who directed three of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies, has been tapped to direct the new Rugrats project.

The studio today also titled its next plunge into the SpongeBob SquarePants aquaverse. Newly christened The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, the toon keeps its scheduled May 22 release date. Meanwhile, the Untitled Paramount Animation pic that had staked out a February 12, 2021, slot now is undated.

The Rugrats is being written by David Goodman and is set to be released by Paramount Players, the division of Paramount Pictures that develops and produces co-branded feature films with Viacom’s leading media networks.

Although currently unconfirmed, it could be that Nickelodeon are now planning to release the upcoming Rugrats movie on Netflix as part of Nickelodeon's newly extended multi-year pact with the streamer, which will see Nickelodeon produce original animated feature films and television series - based both on the Nickelodeon library of characters as well as all-new intellectual property.

Rugrats focuses on a group of toddlers, Tommy Pickles, Chuckie Finster, twins Phil and Lil DeVille, and Angelica Pickles, and their day-to-day lives that became adventures in their imaginations. The original Rugrats series launched in August of 1991 and instantly became a groundbreaking phenomenon, spawning consumer products, three hit theatrical releases and cementing its place in pop culture history through its iconic characters, storytelling and unique visual style. Rugrats was in production for nine seasons over the course of 13 years. The series earned four Daytime Emmy Awards, six Kids' Choice Awards and its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Original creators Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain will return to the TV series as executive producers. Nickelodeon’s Rugrats is being produced in Burbank, Calif.

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Originally published: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 16:49 GMT.

Original source: Deadline; Additional source: Nickandmore!; H/T: RDG.
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