Now There's a New Live-Action Reboot of 'Scooby-Doo' in the Works
Late last summer, we got word that Warner Bros. was looking to bring the beloved Hanna-Barbera character Scooby-Doo back to the big screen with a new animated film, which just happened to be from the same producers of the two live-action, computer animated hybrid films that were released in the early 2000s. Now it seems the studio has decided to go back to the live-action formula as Deadline reports Warner Bros. is setting up a new version of the fearful Great Dane with newcomer Randall Green tasked with crafting the new adventure. As of this report, there are no other details available about the project yet. More below!
This news comes just days after the passing of iconic disc jockey Casey Kasem, who was also the voice of Scooby's equally cowardly human companion Shaggy. The two friends cruised around in the Mystery Machine with their friends Fred, Daphne and Velma, solving various paranormal mysteries and hauntings, most of which turned out to be schemes by theme park owners and creepy prospectors. Frankly, we're surprised it took this long for Warner Bros. to go back to the well and bring Scooby-Doo back to theaters, and we might as well applaud them for waiting 10 years after Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed to do it.
The only interesting factor involved here is that it will be interesting to see what kind of cast the studio rounds up to make this reboot. At the time of the first two live-action Scooby-Doo films, Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard and Linda Cardellini were at the height of their fame. But now we have a whole new generation of young actors who can take the lead roles. Off the top of my head, I wouldn't mind seeing Zac Efron as Fred, Anna Kendrick as Daphne, Ellen Page as Velma and Jake Johnson as Shaggy. And if they can do this in a more tongue-in-cheek fashion, we suppose it could be fun, especially if Warner Bros. can get The LEGO Movie directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller involved. Thoughts?