'Looney Tunes' Spin-Off 'ACME' Back to Life with Steve Carell Starring
Way back in 2010, Warner Bros. was developing a live-action/CGI hyrbid spin-off of their iconic "Looney Tunes" cartoon short franchise. The film was said to focus on the fictional ACME Corporation, the company responsible for making a lot of the crazy (and often times faulty) products that pop up in "Looney Tunes" cartoons from time to time. Originally Kevin & Dan Hageman were hired to write the script after coming up with an idea similar to the Amblin Entertainment movies of the 1980s, but now X-Men: First Class and Thor writing duo Ashley Miller & Zack Stentz will be tackling the script. But that's not all.
THR reports Crazy Stupid Love directing duo Glenn Ficarra & John Requa are circling the project, simply called ACME, and now in early talks with the studio to make it official. And the project will be a bit of a reunion because Steve Carell is also attached to lead the project from The LEGO Movie producers Dan Lin and Roy Lee. Carell is the perfect guy to mesh with the world of "Looney Tunes," even though it has been indicated that none of the trademark characters from the established cartoon shorts will be involved in the film, so don't necessarily expect something like Who Framed Roger Rabbit?.
If Lin and Lee were able to put together a brilliant project like The LEGO Movie, here's hoping they can bring some of that creativity to Warner Bros. and have some fun playing with ACME goodies. The studio most successfully brought "Looney Tunes" to the big screen with Space Jam with basketball superstar and legend Michael Jordan, at the height of his popularity, and while they tried it again with Looney Tunes: Back in Action, comedy legend Steve Martin wasn't enough to make it work. Here's hoping Steve Carell can fare better this time around. Speaking of "Looney Tunes," what's going on with that film that Jenny Slate was supposed to be writing? Stay tuned for more information. Thoughts?