Last year, we discussed Nickelodeon’s various plans to reboot “Invader Zim.” Now it seems like they’ve [finally] committed to it.
The network has shown themselves to be rather obsessed with the ’90s and rumors of reboots have been flying around like gnats, something that Invader Zim creator Jhonen Vasquez was quick to point out last year. Now, as you may recall, I wanted the whole ordeal to be part of a revenge plot regarding Harvey Beaks, a show that shouldn’t be confused with Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law. In a way, I still kind of do.
Anyway, sources indicate that Nickelodeon’s obsession with nostalgia and appealing to hipsters finally won out. Time to raid those Hot Topics, ’cause they’re making a [television] movie!
“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.”
In addition, four of the original voice actors, Richard Horvitz (Zim), Rikki Simons (GIR), Andy Berman (Dib), and Melissa Fahn (Gaz), have been confirmed to be reprising their roles. The whole thing really does help showcase Nick wanting to go back to its roots, as they are also toying with reboots of Hey Arnold! and Rocko’s Modern Life. There’s even this wee little teaser for the upcoming film, so that’s about as official as it gets.
Let’s just hope that Pinwheel stays dead and buried.
Now, if we could only get that made-for-television movie explaining just what happened to Taina, I can finally die happy.