Crossovers and shared universes are certainly hot properties on both the big screen and small screen alike, as evidenced by The CW's Arrow and The Flash, along with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Universal's upcoming shared monster universe, and much more. Today we have word through Deadline that Paramount is developing a new movie based on the iconic Nicktoons cartoons, that will feature a slew of beloved characters. The feature will reportedly include characters from hit shows such as Rugrats, The Ren and Stimpy Show, Rocko's Modern Life, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters and The Angry Beavers.
The studio has set Jared Hess (Don Verdean) to direct and co-write the script with his wife and frequent collaborator, Jerusha Hess, based on an idea by Ali Mendes. No specific plot details were given, nor was it revealed how these various animated TV worlds will cross over, but the project was said to be in the same vein as Who Framed Roger Rabbit? All of these characters will be combined to create a completely original narrative.
Mary Parent and Cale Boyter will produce through their Disruption Entertainment company, where Ali Mendes works. She is said to have loved all of the original shows, and came up with a concept that would bring all of these characters together. The studio hasn't penciled in a release date for this project, and it isn't known when production may begin.
Paramount has teamed up with Nickelodeon in the past, with big screen movies such as The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Rango and The Adventures of Tintin. Since the report mentions Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, it isn't known for sure if the project will be completely animated, or if it will be a live action/CGI animation hybrid. It also isn't known if the original voice actors from each show are being sought to reprise their roles.
Jared Hess made his feature debut in 2004 with Napoleon Dynamite, which he co-wrote with Jerusha Hess. He followed that up with 2006's Nacho Libre, 2009's Gentlemen Broncos, and last year's Don Verdean. His next film, Masterminds, was originally supposed to come out last summer, but was pushed to September 30 of this year, due to Relativity Media's bankruptcy proceedings.