Warner Bros Developing Hybrid Live-Action Bugs Bunny Movie
While we wait for Warner Bros to get on track with the Justice League, the studio is pursuing a franchise of live-action/CGI hybrid movies based on animated characters. Leading the way for their new interest in these awful CGI hybrids is Yogi Bear (man did that trailer look terrible), but kids love 'em and they make lots of money anyway, so who cares what we think. Deadline says that WB has hired David Berenbaum (Elf, The Haunted Mansion, Zoom, The Spiderwick Chronicles) to start writing a live-action Bugs Bunny movie in hopes of reviving "one of the studio’s most iconic intellectual properties." Iconic, sure, but we do need this?
David Berenbaum is also credited for writing the script for George Lucas' mysterious upcoming animated CGI fairy movie, so they must like his work (Haunted Mansion? Spiderwick Chronicles? Really??) and think he's the right guy to bring an instantly recognizable and beloved character like Bugs Bunny to the big screen. We also know that all the Looney Tunes characters are making their own comeback in animated CGI 3D shorts that will play in theaters, but sadly I think they're going to somehow transplant Bugs to the real world for this movie. Didn't they learn their lesson after Looney Tunes: Back in Action flopped big back in 2003?
You'd think that if this was a big trend that meant great things for the character, Disney would be making a live-action/CGI hybrid movie with Mickey Mouse, but they're smart enough not to do that. So what does WB know that Disney doesn't, or are they just making a big mistake? It's still all in the early development stages, so only time will tell, but I'm not expecting much. We will keep you updated. Is this a good idea or not?