Paramount’s ‘Amusement Park’ Movie to Become Nickelodeon TV Show After Theatrical Release

CinemaCon 2017: That Viacom synergy mandate from Bob Bakish flows both ways, apparently

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Paramount’s Motion Picture Group President Marc Evans announced that the studio’s summer 2018 animated release “Amusement Park” is headed to Nickelodeon as a TV series.

The series is aiming to launch in 2019, said Nickelodeon Chief Marketing Officer Pam Kaufman, who joined Evans on stage at CinemaCon 2017 in Las Vegas Tuesday.

The project, due in theaters on August 10, 2018, is an Ilion Animation Studios production that Paramount will distribute, and has a voice cast that includes Mila Kunis, Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Garner, Ken Jeong and Jeffrey Tambor.

Viacom CEO Bob Bakish gave a mandate for more synergy across the company brands — he was particularly burnt over former Comedy Central star Jordan Peele taking his phenomenon “Get Out” to Universal with Blumhouse — and this animated slate at Paramount is just the beginning.

No word on how and if the talent or characters will carry over to the Nick project.

The film was directed by Dylan Brown. Josh Appelbaum, Kendra Haaland and André Nemec produce.

In addition, the studio announced Tuesday a slate of other animated projects, including an untitled Paramount/Nickelodeon collaboration to open March 22, 2019, a new “Spongebob Squarepants” movie due August 2, 2019, and another untitled Paramount/Nick hybrid set for July 31, 2020.