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It’s Official: Nickelodeon Is Making An ‘Invader Zim’ Movie

Nickelodeon announced this morning a greenlight for an Invader Zim made-for-tv movie.

The 90-minute 2D film will follow the further adventures of Zim, the alien whose mission is to conquer Earth and enslave humans. Four key original voices from the early-2000s series will return — Richard Horvitz (Zim), Rikki Simons (GIR), Andy Berman (Dib), and Melissa Fahn (Gaz). No release date for the film has been set.

“As a network that prides itself on a 25-year history of creating groundbreaking, hilarious animation for kids, Invader Zim is one of our great loves. It’s been so exciting to see its popularity grow over the last decade through social media, consumer products and the Zim comic books,” said Chris Viscardi, SVP of content development and production for animation at Nickelodeon. “What makes this announcement extra thrilling is the adventure that Jhonen has created for Zim, and I can promise you that it is as wonderfully absurd and strangely heartfelt as any fan of the original series could hope for, and kids seeing it for the first time will love it too.”

The 90-minute film follows earlier announcements by Nick to reboot the 1990s Nick properties Hey Arnold! and Rocko’s Modern Life with made-for-tv movies.

Cartoon Brew first reported the existence of an Invader Zim movie project in November 2016. The story was denied by Invader Zim creator Jhonen Vasquez, who inaccurately dismissed the Cartoon Brew story as a “rumor.” The network confirmed today Vasquez will serve as an executive producer on the project, which was in development at the time of our initial report.

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  • Mermaid Warrior

    Sounds interesting! I wonder if it’s gonna act as a finale to the series.

  • Vincent Waller

    The entertainment business if chocked full of false starts. Confirming that there was a IVZ movie before it had been hashed out, could have created numerous stumbling blocks to bringing it to fruition. There is no movie until the contract is signed. He isn’t obligated to tell us things that haven’t been completely worked through and settled.

    • Too Many Cooks

      I’d be interested in knowing more about these stumbling blocks. I’d assumed that the news breaking early would be a good thing because it’d demonstrate that there’s interest, but I guess that’s not the case.

      • Slim Cognito

        They didn’t want it publicly announced because at any point production could’ve fallen out.

    • Tim Tim

      Correct. The movie wasn’t greenlit when the leak happened — they had a script deal, but no production commitment. But why try to explain the intricacies of the industry when you can bitch about Nickelodeon/Jhonen, eh Amid?

  • Too Many Cooks

    It’s strange to me that the show is just getting a movie now that the dedicated fanbase it’s known for has mostly moved on. I also wonder whether this is going to acknowledge the comic book or ignore it, since that was a canon continuation. (There have been some small status quo changes, like Gaz maturing.)

  • reger

    Oh lawd, Greenblatt was right. Viacom’s corporate fist probably came down on him harder than previously thought.

  • Marti386

    Well played, Mr. Vasquez. Well played. :P

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  • John Apple

    He never explicitly said he’s “not making an invader zim movie”. And he is the kind of guy to pull “exact words” for the sake of shits and giggles, so I’m not surprised at all by this development.