Viacom president and CEO Philippe Dauman said on hollywoodreporter.com:
"We will be releasing a SpongeBob movie at the end of 2014, which will serve to start off or be one of our films that starts off our new animation effort"
On July 11, 2013, it was announced that the film will start filming for the live action scenes in the Savannah area in Georgia this September, October and November for approximately 40 days.
Clancy Brown revealed a hint as to how the characters would be involved in the movie:
"Goodness, that one also the future of the free world hinges on what I have to say about it so I can’t really say much about it except that we’re all on an adventure this time, Squidward, Patrick, Mr. Krabs and Spongebob, Plankton and Sandy. We’re all in it together this time rather than just being a buddy movie like the first movie. It’s very funny I have to say."