Paramount Animation is ramping up a film slate which aims to pump out two film releases a year starting in 2020.
The first of these is the fully 3D computer animated “The SpongeBob Movie: It’s a Wonderful Sponge” which has added Awkwafina and Reggie Watts to its voice cast, and Cyndi Lauper doing original songs for the film to complement a score by Hans Zimmer.
That will be followed in July 2020 by graphic novel adaptation “Rumble” which was formerly titled “Monster on a Hill”. Hamish Grieve directs the project for ReelFX and Walden Media.
Details on 2021 aren’t forthcoming. In 2022, the Chinese American fantasy adaptation “The Tiger’s Apprentice” opens February 11th and is based on Lawrence Yep’s novel about a teenage Chinese American boy who learns that he is the guardian of the Chinese zodiac.
Later that year is the Lorene Scafaria-penned “Jersey Crabs,” a “Grease”-like musical set on the Jersey Shore where sea crab tourists clash with land crab townies.
The studio is also in early development on a Mighty Mouse project planned as a hybrid live-action/animation movie. Jon & Erich Hoeber will pen while Karen Rosenfelt and Bob Cort are producers.
Finally, Paramount Animation has also inked a first-look deal with a joint venture between Imagine Entertainment and Animal Logic, two projects are already in development including one that Ron Howard will helm.