SpongeBob sequel to film in Savannah
Move over Forrest Gump, Lady Chablis and Bagger Vance. Make room for Savannahâ€™s next claim to silver screen fame, SpongeBob SquarePants.
The makers of the animated starâ€™s new film, Spongebob Squarepants 2, will shoot live action scenes for the movie in Savannahâ€™s historic district later this year, the city of Savannah Film Office announced Thursday.
The report comes a day after the director of the film office, Jay Self, told the Savannah Downtown Business Association an announcement was imminent and the film would feature a star â€śas recognizableâ€ť as Forrest Gump, played by Tom Hanks.The SpongeBob film will be the second featuring the Nickelodeon cable network favorite. The first SpongeBob Movie, released in 2004, grossed more than $140 million worldwide and is among the highest earning animated films to be based on a television cartoon series of all time.
Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount Animation, a division of Paramount Pictures and Viacom, announced plans for SpongeBob SquarePants 2 in February. The film is to be released in late 2014, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman said at the initial announcement.
The film will shoot for approximately 40 days in downtown Savannah. The budget for SpongeBob SquarePants has not been announced but is projected in the same range as the first SpongeBob movie, which cost $30 million to make.
Self told the Savannah Downtown Business Association a major film traditionally results in $250,000 in spending per day.
Savannah will be the setting for the filmâ€™s live action scenes. The first SpongeBob movie also included live action, with former Baywatch star and longtime pop music artist David Hasselhoff playing the lead role.
The filmmakers have yet to disclose the identities of the live action actors for SpongeBob SquarePants 2.
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