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On March 4, 2020, Robert Bakish announced that ViacomCBS would produce two feature-length SpongeBob SquarePants spin-off movies for Netflix, representing a "profitable, low-risk rental business with set margins," which he said translates to content ownership for separate distribution down the road, including consumer products and recreation.
"So, we're convinced that both an O&O [owned and operated] and a third-party studio strategy is absolutely right for ViacomCBS," Bakish said. "We believe that maximizing the value of our content asset, that is what you see us executing in 2020 and beyond."
On May 20, 2021, it was announced that a hybrid movie featuring Sandy Cheeks was in development. Production was slated to start in August in New Mexico.
On August 12, 2021, the title of the movie was revealed as SpongeBob SquarePants: Saving Bikini Bottom.
On August 16, 2021, it was revealed that plans to film Saving Bikini Bottom in Los Alamos were scrapped due to rewrites of the script.
On August 26, 2021, Vincent Waller confirmed that the movie will be 3D animated with live-action segments.
On October 24, 2021, Vincent Waller confirmed that Warner Bros. Pictures isn't involved in the movie and that Netflix is the distributor.
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