“The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run,” Paramount and Nickelodeon’s animated journey primarily based on the absorbent underwater fry prepare dinner, is skipping its deliberate theatrical debut. It is going to as an alternative launch on premium digital rental companies in early 2021 earlier than touchdown solely on CBS All Access, the streaming service owned by the studio’s father or mother firm, ViacomCBS.
It was initially slated to hit the large display screen on Could 22, however was postponed till Aug. 7 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are thrilled to have ‘The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run,’ a premier, first-run movie from one of ViacomCBS’ biggest brands, join CBS All Access’ expanding slate of franchise content from across ViacomCBS,” stated Marc DeBevoise, chief digital officer at ViacomCBS, and president and CEO of ViacomCBS Digital. “This launch will be perfectly timed with our continued expansion and planned rebranding of the service in early 2021, as we welcome SpongeBob and the gang from Bikini Bottom to the service in the biggest way possible.”
All prior seasons of “SpongeBob Squarepants” shall be obtainable on CBS All Access as a part of its ongoing enlargement. In Could, ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish announced that CBS All Access would endure rebranding to incorporate extra of the firm’s cable manufacturers and library programming, together with Paramount Photos’ huge movie catalog and Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, BET, Smithsonian and MTV channels.
“I’m incredibly proud of this film, and the phenomenal cast and filmmaking team that made it happen,” stated Mireille Soria, president of Paramount Animation. “Bringing this movie to life was a true collaboration and labor of love, and I’m thrilled for audiences to enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it.”
Provides Ramsey Naito, government VP of Nickelodeon Animation Manufacturing and Growth, “We’re incredibly happy to give kids and families a much-deserved lift in any way we can, and the PVOD release of the new SpongeBob theatrical and putting all seasons of the TV series on CBS All Access are two of the best ways I can think of to get immersed in the optimism and joy that this terrific character represents.”
Quite a few films — together with Common’s “Trolls World Tour” and “The King of Staten Island,” Warner Bros. animated journey “Scoob” and Disney’s “Artemis Fowl” — have opted to forgo conventional theatrical releases since cinemas throughout the nation closed in mid-March to assist cease the unfold of coronavirus. Paramount just lately bought its romantic comedy “The Lovebirds” to Netflix, given the uncertainty over when theaters would possibly reopen. It was additionally supposed to launch Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7” this fall, however Netflix is negotiating a deal to purchase that film from Cross Creek Photos, the movie’s financier.
AMC, Regal and Cinemark, the three greatest theater chains, all plan to resume enterprise someday in July. Hollywood studios have principally cleared their calendars by way of summer time, however a handful of latest films are anticipated to greet moviegoers when multiplexes reopen subsequent month. Disney’s “Mulan” on July 24 shall be the first main launch, adopted by Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” on July 31. Two smaller titles will open first: Russell Crowe’s thriller “Unhinged” on July 10, and Sony Photos’ rom-com “The Broken Hearts Gallery” on July 17.
“Sponge on the Run” sees finest buddies SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star enterprise out of Bikini Backside and head to the Misplaced Metropolis of Atlantic Metropolis on a rescue mission to save SpongeBob’s trustee snail Gary. Its the third “SpongeBob” movie, after 2004’s “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie” and 2015’s “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.” These films have been commercially profitable, incomes over $450 million globally mixed.