Nickelodeon continues to reach in its vault and redevelop its most popular properties.
The next is Rugrats, which will get a 26-episode series revival at the network, and a theatrical, live-action/CGI movie, according to numerous trade publications.
Hey Arnold! recently got a TV special, and new specials are coming for Invader Zim and Rocko’s Modern Life. Rugrats is the first to get multiple episodes for a revival and a theatrical project.
The film will be released through Paramount’s new Viacom-adjacent division, Paramount Players, which also has everything from a Gucci Mane biopic to a 48 Hrs. remake scripted by Jerrod Carmichael in the works. On the Nickelodeon remake front, Players also has live-action Dora the Explorer film and an Are You Afraid of the Dark? film on the way.
The Rugrats series and movie will both feature “Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Susie and Angelica, while also introducing a new world of characters.”
Original series creators Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain will return to the TV series as executive producers.
Casting is unknown right now but will be released in later months, so we’ll keep our eyes on who will set in the role of Susie Carmichael, or if Cree Summer will return to voice.
The film is currently dated for release on November 13, 2020.
“Rugrats is hands-down one of the most celebrated cartoons in TV history, and we are thrilled for a whole new audience to meet these iconic characters in brand-new adventures. What was true in 1991 when the original show premiered is still true today: kids are fascinated with the world of babies. We can’t wait for today’s kids to meet Tommy, Chuckie and pals,” said Sarah Levy, chief operating officer of Viacom Media Networks and interim president of Nickelodeon.
“Now feels like the ideal time to reintroduce this iconic cast of characters to a whole new generation of young fans. Kids who grew up with Tommy Pickles and the “Rugrats” crew will now be able to share that experience with their own children,” said Brian Robbins, president of Paramount Players.