Nickelodeon is wasting no time capitalizing on their popular 90s television shows.
Not long ago, we confirmed The Splat, a new programming block dedicated to the shows Millennials grew up on.
But reruns aren’t the only content we’ll be getting. Variety reports that the network is working on an original TV movie based on Hey Arnold!. The animated series, which ran from 1996-2004, followed the 9 year old dreamer and idealist, Arnold, as he navigated life and all its wacky shenanigans with his friends.
The movie will start where the series ended and answer the question we’ve all been dying to know: what happened to Arnold’s parents? (If you’ll remember, Arnold lived with his grandparents for the entire series and we never knew anything about his parents.)
Russell Hicks, president of content development and production for Nickelodeon Group, explained their choice of Hey Arnold!:
“Kids who grew up on these characters are now of the age that they are having kids and families themselves. Our library has come to fruition and it’s time for it to start coming back to life.”
They claim they’re not trying to bring back Millennials and that the movie will be created with people who have never seen Hey Arnold! in mind, but they acknowledge they’ll be throwing in nods to people who will inevitably be interested in watching due to childhood nostalgia.
Chris Viscardi, the new senior vice president of content development for franchise properties will mine Nick’s library to rediscover old shows and reinvent them for modern audiences, so it’s likely Hey Arnold! is only the beginning.
Bringing back these older shows also won’t dampen any of their current or new shows, they say.
There’s no word yet on when the Hey Arnold! movie will debut or begin production.
Are you looking forward to new content about “football head” and finding out about his parents? What other Nick shows do you hope they bring back?