‘Scooby-Doo’ Live Action Movie Reboot in Early Development

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scooby doo live action movie reboot Scooby Doo Live Action Movie Reboot in Early Development

Long-standing Hanna-Barbera creation Scooby-Doo began its run in 1969 with the cartoon TV series Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, featuring the voice of Casey Kasem (who passed away just a couple days ago), among others. The property has since been revived, spun-off, and/or otherwise relaunched multiple times in animated form over the past 45 years; just last summer, in fact, it was revealed that yet another feature-length animated Scooby-Doo movie has begun moving down the pipeline. Now, however, for the first time, the property looks to be getting a reboot as a live-action brand.

Warner Bros. brought Scooby, Shaggy, and the other members of Mystery, Inc. to the big screen back in 2002 with Scooby-Doo, followed by the sequel Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed in 2004. Neither film was as financially successful as such recent nostalgia-steeped cartoon turned live-action/CGI franchises as The Smurfs (which is getting a fully-animated movie reboot) and Alvin & the Chipmunks (the next Chipmunks installment arrives December 2016), but they nonetheless did well enough at the global box office – taking in close to $274 million and $181 million around the world, respectively – for WB to consider revisiting that well again, ten years after the last chapter was released in theaters.

Deadline is reporting that WB executives have decided to start afresh on the Scooby-Doo live-action films; so far, the lesser-known Randall Green has been recruited “to craft the new adventure,” but otherwise there are not any known filmmakers attached to the project at this point. Interestingly, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn started to make a name for himself by first writing both of the previous live-action Scooby-Doo movies (around the same time that he also scripted Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake). So who knows; if the Scooby-Doo reboot comes to pass, then maybe some of the people involved will likewise move onto making bigger and better things in the years to follow.

scooby doo movie reboot Scooby Doo Live Action Movie Reboot in Early Development

Before anyone gets too worked up about Hollywood attempting yet again to successfully realize the Scooby-Doo universe in a modernized live-action rendition, it’s best to remember that this reboot has only barely begun to take shape – and, for all we know, this project could wind up falling off the tracks, in the future. After all, we’ve been hearing rumors of a live-action Jetsons movie for years but as of right now, no actual film has resulted from all that talk. Besides, as mentioned before, the animated iteration of Scooby-Doo is still alive and well, so that might continue to be the only version we get in the near future.

Indeed, we have seen signs of late that contemporary animation treatments – not live-action/CGI adaptations – may be the way of the future, with regard to new takes on animated brands steeped in nostalgia (for most adults, that is). While the Jetsons film continues to flounder, the 3D animated Peanuts movie is being prepared for arrival in 2015 – and Adam McKay (one of the creative forces behind the new Peanuts film), is also backing a new animated Flintstones feature. Even The Smurfs, as mentioned above, is giving up on live-action for the time being.


We’ll keep you posted on any additional news concerning the Scooby-Doo reboot.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Puppyyy Powerrr !
    No Scrappy Doo villain..

  2. If its anything like that new Mystery Incorporated series, Im in.

  3. I actually really liked the original films, especially Monsters Unleashed. To me, that was as good of a Scooby-Doo movie you can get.

    • I would agree that the second one was better. And as a kid, it was pretty cool seeing some of the old villains on the big screen.

      I’m just saying, why can’t we just get a CGI Scooby doo movie? I mean, something with GOOD CGI. The trailer for the new Peanuts movie was pretty incredible. If we can get something like that but with Scooby doo, that would be awesome.

      • Well, that’s the thing: how do you handle a movie based on a treasured cartoon? If you don’t use nostalgia, you’re targeted as a disgrace to it’s name. If you use nostalgia, you still suffer universal criticisms.

        Honestly, the original Scooby-Doo movies were the best attempts to do it somewhat “right”. I still watch them because they didn’t ruin my childhood.

        • To be fair, I never said the movies ruined my childhood, haha. I definitely don’t think they’re terrible, I just don’t really care for them.

          • Oh, forgive me. I’m not challenging your opinion.

  4. I’m not saying they’re good movies, they’re not. But the ones we got were pretty much as good as live action Scooby doo movies could be (and I must admit, some of the casting was pretty spot on).

    My point is, a live action Scooby doo movie was never really a good idea to begin with. Let’s hope this doesn’t end up happening.

  5. Daphne – Jessica Chastain
    Shaggy – Chris Pratt
    Velma – Aubrey Plaza
    Fred – Bradley Cooper
    Voice of Scooby – Bruce Willis

    • and then the CGI dog becomes a stick figure drawing because they blew the budget of a kids film on the actors/actresses involved.

    • i doubt any of those actors would sign on for a scooby doo movie. maybe aubrey plaza but the rest of are a loooooooooonnnngg shot.

  6. I watched the live-action ones recently with my daughter. She loved it. I’d be willing to take her to a new one in the theater.

    My feelings…they should have a live action Scooby Doo Meets the Globetrotters. And Donald Faison should play Curly!

  7. Oh dear God. Will everyone please read the John Landis interview, then send the link to every studio/corporation and make them JUST STOOOOOOOOOP????!

  8. If Warner can make this reboot like the Mystery Incorporated animated version, I would be very much in favor. That show gave Scooby IMO the proper treatment. It had this whole 60′s/70′s vibe that was true to the original, both seasons were spectacular, every episode was extremely intriguing, some of the monsters were very commendable (especially the H.P. Lovecraft episode). I honestly did not care much for the live action reboot in the early 2000′s, mainly because of the awful cast, plot, and casting. But like I said, if Warner can make it like Mystery Incorporated, with a likeable and energetic cast, and where the plot is as intruiging as the MI was, I would totally on board.

  9. Nothing has topped Scooby Doo Where are You? for me. I would be much more interested in a animated group of films. Ya know since The Lego Movie put WB animation back on the map. Plus I think an animated Scooby Doo Film could do well in the box office.

  10. If the WB was smart they should just base the movie on the animated Zombie Island movie. That was great and I always thought if they made that a movie it would have been very successful.

  11. If I had to pick any director for this I would Phil lord and Chirs Miller I wouldn’t mind having Tatum play Fred I really didn’t care for the last live action ones the cast I thought was lame as well as the writing and directing it felt like they just tried to bring a cartoon to the real world and I think I would have liked it if they just tried to make it less of a cartoon and more of just a total comedy with a funny dog in it. This has potential to be great I hope it is.

  12. HELL YES! I am so f*cking excited. Please make it darker or something like Mystery Incorporated, because then I’m sold. Regardless, excitement has taken over.

    • Hmmm, darker–how to make it darker? I know:
      Scooby=Doo played by Cujo!

  13. i think it would be very interesting if they made it a bit darker and a bit more adult instead of a kid movie. probably wouldnt work though but it would be pretty awesome. i loved watching the cartoon and the movie when i was younger. still have the movie on video hahahaha

  14. Ruh-Roh Raggy! Someone had to say it.

  15. R.I.P. Casey Kasem.

  16. I’d love to see an adaptation of the brilliant Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated animated series. I picked it up just thinking it’d be something silly and fun to watch but, while it still was silly and fun, it had a mythology and serialized narrative reminiscent of Buffy and LOST. Great stuff!

  17. Scoopy-poo! Think I’ll pass.
    I’ll be in the kitchen having a Scooby-Snack…!

  18. LOOK! It’s the Inhumans!! And I swear I can see Lockjaw, and….er, wait–uh, sorry, it’s just Scooby and the gang. My bad.

  19. I figured someone would come along and trash talk the man.

    Here’s the thing: we all know Kasem is a legend. No one can take that from him. It’s like someone trying to bash Charlie Chaplin: you can insult him all you want, but that doesn’t make him any less of the man he is.

    I say “is” because death only takes the body from this Earth. Not the history behind the body.

    R.I.P. Casey Kasem. On with the countdown.

  20. Running around robbing banks all wacked up on scooby snacks.

  21. Just use the cast out of Big Bang theory as the main characters.

    Jim Parsons as Shaggy.

    Mayim Bialik as Velma

    Kaley Cuoco as Daphne

    Ok i’m stuck for Fred but we’re off to a good start.

  22. Sh**, someone commented to make it more adult and gritty…

    HAHAHA g****** i can’t think any more idea regarding this subject more stupid than that… The cartoon was about a bunch of wanna-be detective teenagers with talking dog and a high portion of slapstick humour.

    The day Scooby-doo become serious is the day i stop watching hollywood movies.

  23. All I know is, Linda Cardellini made me look at Thelma in a whole new light.

    • YES YES YES ! ! !

  24. Some may enjoy this; however, the closest I will come to watching this is watching Don Knotts in “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken”. (That is a cute oldie movie, by the way!).

  25. I Love the first two films, and the cast was incredible with Sarah Michell (Daphne) Matthew (Shaggy) Linda Cardellini (Velma) and Fredy prinzie as Fred, I would love they come back with a new history :(

  26. I don’t think there needs to be a reboot, however I’m not exactly agents it. If they do I hope they go for a darker rout. Joss Whedon would be the perfect director in my opinion, however he sort of gave us a scooby movie when he came up with cabin in the woods.

  27. Chris Evans/Freddy
    Karen Gillan/ daphane
    Michael Cera/ Shaggy
    Will Ferrel/ Scooby voice
    America ferrea/ Velma

    • Really you stold my cast!!

  28. Chris Evans/freddy
    Karen gillan/ daphane
    Mihael cera/ shaggy
    America Ferry/ velma
    Will ferrel/ scooby

  29. Oh please, don’t make it like mystery incorporated. Make it more like scooby doo where are you or what’s new scooby doo. Mystery Incorporated was just wacked. I mean Scooby and Shaggy have a bond as best friends, close to brotherhood. But the show depicted it as if shaggy and scooby doo were lovers. And The rest is bland. It would be better if the show stuck to their original biography and aspirations and then make a new path from there that fits with the modern era.