One of SpongeBob SquarePants‘ best friends, Sandy Cheeks, is getting a spinoff movie.
This news comes by way of Collider, which reports that this spinoff movie will be a hybrid blend of animation and live-action. Specifically, Collider’s sources say the movie will feature an animated Sandy Cheeks in a live-action setting, which isn’t unheard of in the realm of SpongeBob SquarePants-related movies.
The movie is being produced by Nickelodeon, of course, and it’s set to be directed by Liza Johnson, who has directed movies like 2011’s Return and 2016’s Elvis & Nixon, as well as episodes of TV shows like Barry, Silicon Valley, What We Do in the Shadows, and more, as noted by Collider.
Kazimieras Prapuolenis , a SpongeBob SquarePants writer best-known as “Kaz” to fans, has co-written the script with Tom J. Stern, who recently wrote and directed the live-action SpongeBob Appreciation Day special that aired last year. Collider notes that Stern’s website states he’s writing a feature film set in the SpongeBob SquarePants universe so it could be this Sandy Cheeks spinoff. Carolyn Lawrence is expected to voice the character as she’s been voicing her since Sandy Cheeks’ first-ever episode in the show in 1999.
As far as what to expect from this spinoff, not much is known and it’s tough to predict the possibilities of a SpongeBob SquarePants-related movie considering past movies in the Bikini Bottom universe have seen the beloved characters go on cross-ocean journeys, onto land, and even onto the back of David Hasselhoff.
There will almost certainly be a nice amount of “yeehaws,” though.
Collider reports that this movie is being developed for an “undisclosed streaming service” and as they note, Paramount+, which is the current home of SpongeBob SquarePants, makes sense but that’s not guaranteed. The most recent SpongeBob movie, Sponge on the Run, debuted on Netflix in some parts of the world, after all.
While waiting to learn more about this Sandy Cheeks movie, read this story about a SpongeBob SquarePants podcast recently announced by Nickelodeon and then read about this episode from the show pulled from streaming services.