The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run is an upcoming American live-action/computer-animated adventure comedy film based on the animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants. Directed by former series writer Tim Hill, who wrote the screenplay with Michael Kvamme, Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, it is the first SpongeBob SquarePants movie to be fully animated in stylized CGI instead of the regular traditional 2D animation. The regular voice cast of the series are expected to reprise their respective roles from the series and the previous films.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run is produced by Paramount Animation, Nickelodeon Movies, and United Plankton Pictures with animation provided by Mikros Image. Paramount Pictures plans to release the film in theaters on August 7, 2020. The film was initially set to release in late May 2020, but was postponed due to the ongoing 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run Production

In a February 2015 interview discussing The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water‘s success at the box office, Megan Colligan, president of worldwide distribution and marketing at Paramount Pictures, stated the possibility of a third film was “a good bet.”In another interview, Paramount vice-chairman Rob Moore remarked, “Hopefully, it won’t take 10 years to make another film,” in reference to the time passed between The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004) and its 2015 sequel. Later in 2015, it was revealed that Paramount was developing sequels to its franchises, including another SpongeBob film.

The film was initially scheduled for release in 2019, before being delayed to 2020. By January 2016, Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger had been chosen to write the film.

In March 2017, Paramount president Marc Evans announced that the studio would work closely with Viacom on its TV brands, including the SpongeBob film. During the same month, Yahoo! Entertainment stated that the film would be titled The SpongeBob Movie.

In April 2018, the film’s official title was revealed as The SpongeBob Movie: It’s a Wonderful Sponge, and SpongeBob co-developer Tim Hill was announced as director and writer for the film. It was reported later in the year that the film would be written by Aibel, Berger, and Michael Kvamme. The principal cast – Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Clancy Brown, Mr. Lawrence, Rodger Bumpass, Carolyn Lawrence, Jill Talley, Mary Jo Catlett, and Lori Alan – are all expected to reprise the roles as their respective characters from the series and the previous films.

In October 2018, at the VIEW Conference in Turin, Italy, Paramount Animation president Mireille Soria revealed the plot for the film. The same day, Hans Zimmer was announced as the composer for the film, while Paris and Montreal-based Mikros Image would handle animation for the film, which would be created entirely through computer animation.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run Filming

On January 22, 2019, it was confirmed that production on The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run had officially begun. Like its predecessors, the film will include live-action sequences, with Larry Fong as the film’s cinematographer. Unlike the previous films, the animated sequences of the film will be entirely computer-animated.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run Release

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run was originally set for February 9, 2019, but was pushed back to August 2, 2019, then July 31, 2020,, later July 17, 2020, and then May 22, 2020. On April 2, 2020, the film was moved back to July 31 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was later announced that the film would instead be released on August 7, taking the slot of Infinite.

Marketing

The first teaser poster for the film was revealed at San Diego Comic Con on July 19, 2019 with the original title It’s a Wonderful Sponge. A second teaser poster was released on November 12, 2019 with a new title. The first trailer was released 2 days later.

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