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Get ready for some new adventures: Pete and Pete are finally making their way to cinemas after their first film was rewritten into the forgettable kids comedy Snow Day. It seems the unexpected success of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules over Zack Snyder's Sucker Puch has bolstered interest in pre-pubescent fare, and the cult success The Adventures of Pete and Pete, the hit Nickelodeon series that ran from 1993-1996, is next in line for a feature film adaptation. Hollywood Reporter had the story.
The Adventures of Pete and Pete told the story of Pete and his brother, Pete, a pair of brothers who get in a series of surreal adventures in their small town of Wellsville. A multi-camera sitcom before such things were fashionable, the series has a proto-Malcolm in the Middle vibe that combines genuine melodrama with bizarre storylines like the time Young Pete sells the house because his brother hung out with a girl, or solving the mystery of a pay phone that has been ringing for 27 years. Michelle Trachtenberg, Iggy Pop and Toby Huss all made regular appearances on the groundbreaking show, in which a pre-teen has tattoos and nobody says a word about it.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules director David Bowers has reportedly signed on for the project. He is said to be looking for unknowns to play the two eponymous leads, and is already in talks with Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson to play Artie, the Strongest Man in the World, stating, "I've never understood why the 'strongest man in the world' didn't look strong."
Crave Online will return with more Pete and Pete news if we can ever figure out what heck they're singing in the theme song. 'I couldn't say alashimbay?' 'I could have settled to shimmy?' Sigh… We give up.