Ten years after the network debuted on the network in animated form, The Fairly OddParents will morph into a live-action telefilm.
Set to premiere in 2011, Nick has greenlit A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!, based on the hit series from creator Butch Hartman, which will combine live-action with CG animation and follow the adventures of a now 23-year-old Timmy Turner (Drake Bell, Drake & Josh) who refuses to grow up in order to keep his fairy godparents
The film centers on Turner, but unlike the series, Timmy is no longer a 10-year-old boy -- he is 23, still lives at home and remains in the 5th grade. His arrested development stems from his desire to keep his beloved fairy godparents, Cosmo (Jason Alexander, Seinfeld, as live-action Cosmo and Daran Norris, The Fairly OddParents, as the animated Cosmo) and Wanda (Cheryl Hines, Curb Your Enthusiasm, as live-action Wanda and Susanne Blakeslee, The Fairly OddParents, as the animated Wanda), because "Da Rules" dictates that godchildren lose their fairies when they grow up.
However, when Tootie, (Daniella Monet, Victorious) a formerly nerdy girl who's always had a crush on Timmy, returns to town as a gorgeous grown-up, Timmy finds himself having very adult feelings for her. He must decide whether to grow up and be with the woman he loves, or continue acting like a child to keep the fairy godparents he adores. Meanwhile, Hugh J. Magnate (Steven Weber, Wings), a larger than life oil tycoon, turns his attention to capturing Timmy's fairies and using their power to fuel his maniacal ambition.
"It's so much fun to see our animated characters come to life," said Marjorie Cohn, president, original programming and development, Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group, in a statement. "And who better to bring grown up Timmy Turner to life than Drake Bell, who himself grew up on our air and still remains one of our most popular Nick stars ever."
Debuting on Nickelodeon in March 2001, The Fairly OddParents has consistently been one of networks' most popular series among both kids and adults, ranking among the top five animated properties on television among kids 2 to 11. The series also scores among teens and adults, who make up 57% of its 36 million cumed monthly viewers, according to Nielsen Cume Data.
The original movie will be executive-produced by Hartman and Lauren Levine, co-executive produced by Scott MacAboy, directed by Savage Steve Holland and written by Hartman and series' former writer Scott Fellows (Big Time Rush).