Variety has reported exclusive news that a TV movie of the popular Nicktoon Hey Arnold that ran from 1996 to 2004 is in development, Craig Bartlett, the series creator will be returning as writer and executive producer.
The movie will pick up from where the series left off and will answer some unresolved issues, such as the disappearance of Arnold's parents at the end of the last episode 'The Journal'.
When interviewed by the A.V. Club, Craig said ''the movie is in the very beginning stages—Nickelodeon just greenlit a script, and will make a decision about whether to actually produce the movie after reading it—he is “absolutely” involved in the revival and will supervise a team of writers tasked with scripting the movie.''
Bartlett says the new movie will come with a slight redesign of the show’s characters, albeit one in the spirit of the original series. “We want it to have a new look and feel but still respect the canon of what we’ve done,” he says. It’s a tricky balancing act for sure, but it sounds like there’s a lot of enthusiasm for the project, both at the network and in the writers’ room. Bartlett adds he’ll try to get the new movie done “as soon as we can.”
When interviewed by MoviePilot.com Craig Bartlett said ''If the movie does well in ratings and reviews then there is a possibility that the show could come back as a series, we are already developing scripts for this possible continuation series'' Craig Barlett also had this to say ''it's not finalized but there is a possibility that the movie could be a crossover with another Nickelodeon show The Wild Thornberrys, it's only in discussion at Nick right now so it's a 50/50 chance it may or may not happen.''
Nickelodeon has promoted Chris Viscardi (co creator of The Adventures of Pete and Pete) , as its senior vice president of content development for franchise properties – a new role. While Viscardi will oversee creative strategies for key content like “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “Dora The Explorer,” he will also mine the network’s vast library of original series to develop new shows for modern audiences.
Currently Nickelodeon will has over 13 animated projects in production and over 40 series in development, Chris Viscardi said to MoviePilot that ''some of the rebooted series we want to experiment with are obviously shows like Rugrats, Ren & Stimpy, Doug and Clarissa, but we want to also experiment with lesser known Nickelodeon shows like As Told By Ginger and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo.''
Nickelodeon has currently launched a new 90s block called The Splat which is aimed towards a new generation of kids, therefore the popularity of these older shows could sore high and may bring Nick back up again as the number one kids network.