With SpongeBob Squarepants in its 20th year of production, Nickelodeon has finally decided it's time for a spin-off.
Deadline has learned the network has ordered a 13-episode series, tentatively titled Kamp Koral. It will center around a 10-year-old SpongeBob and his adventures at a sleepaway camp.
In a statement, Ramsey Naito, Nickelodeon's Animation Production and Development EVP, emphasized the importance of a spin-off for the show's legacy. "SpongeBob has an incredible universe to expand upon and the greenlight for Kamp Koral is a testament to the strength and longevity of these characters known and loved by generations of fans around the world," he said.
While the animation style for the program is mainly two-dimensional, the new show will be CG-animated. Computer generated images were used previously in SpongeBob movies. Recently, Blue's Clues, another one of Nick's original programs, underwent the same visual treatment, though the CG style was met with mixed feelings.
Since its 1999 debut, the iconic character, created by the late Stephen Hillenberg, has inspired a slew of merchandise, movies, and memes, cementing its status as a pop culture icon and one of the best Nickelodeon shows of all time.
Back in February, recently-appointed network president, Brian Robbins, confirmed that several spin-offs were being developed, with the intention of exploring the lives of different characters. In addition, the Viacom network has been putting an emphasis on revival/spin-off shows. All That, the popular '90s sketch comedy series, will be reintroduced on June 15, bringing along its classic bit Good Burger (with Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell both reprising their roles).