Heckerling, Caplan ready to produce

Hoping to do with an alien and a caveman what Viacom sister channel MTV did with two snickering teens, Nickelodeon Movies will bring its popular animated series “Prometheus & Bob” to the bigscreen.

Amy Heckerling and partner Twink Caplan will produce, and “Beavis & Butthead Do America” scribe Joe Stillman will pen a feature based on Cote Zeller’s stop-motion shorts, which air weekly as part of Nick’s animated sketch comedy show “Kablam!”

A director is now being sought. Paramount will distribute the picture domestically.

In the “Prometheus and Bob” shorts, which began appearing in 1996, an extraterrestrial bets his fellow intergalactic comrades that he can find some source of intelligence on Earth. Instead, he finds the world’s dumbest prehistoric man.

” ‘Prometheus & Bob’ has already proven itself in one medium and we are confident this comical cartoon short will translate well into a full-length family feature,” said Albe Hecht, president of film and television entertainment at Nickelodeon. “Amy’s extraordinary track record, coupled with her ability to understand how to appeal to the mass marketplace, makes her the ideal choice to help bring Nickelodeon Movies into the next millennium.”

Heckerling said she got hooked on “Prometheus” after her daughter brought it to her attention.

Heckerling’s directing credits include “Clueless,” “Look Who’s Talking” and “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” She also produced the upcoming Paramount/SNL Studios pic “A Night at the Roxbury.”

Since its creation in 1993, Nickelodeon Movies has made “Harriet the Spy” and “The Good Burger,” both released by Paramount. Par also will release Nickelodeon Movies’ first animated feature, “The Rugrats Movie,” on Nov. 20.

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