'SpongeBob' scribe drafted for Schwarzenegger-Lee toon

Former “SpongeBob Squarepants” head writer Steven Banks has been drafted for the Arnold Schwarzenegger-Stan Lee toon series “The Governator.”

Banks will serve as a head writer for the A Squared Entertainment series that follows an animated Schwarzenegger who, after leaving office in California, takes on a secret identity as a crime-fighting superhero, with the help of an elite squad of teenagers.

The series was announced with much fanfare earlier this month at the Mip TV confab in Cannes. There’s no word yet on a domestic outlet for “Governator.”

In addition to his six-year run on “SpongeBob,” Banks’ toon credits include Nickelodeon’s “The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.”

“Throughout my career, whether it has been in body building, movies or politics, my philosophy has always been to bring together the best specialized talent to create projects that people will love,” Schwarzenegger said. “Having Steven on board to head up the writing for ‘The Governator’ series is a fantastic next step.”

Andy and Amy Heyward’s A Squared banner is producing “Governator,” which will have a comicbook offshoot published by Archie Comics under the newly created Stan Lee Comics label. Lee and his Pow Entertainment partner, Gill Champion, will oversee all creative development.

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