Warner Bros. Developing Animated ‘Scooby-Doo’ Film (EXCLUSIVE)

Scooby Doo
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First two live action films generated $450 million

Warner Bros. is fetching Scooby-Doo again.

The studio is developing an animated Scooby-Doo feature film, returning to the franchise that produced a pair of live-action/animated hybrid films a decade ago. The project has been set up with Atlas Entertainment with Charles Roven and Richard Suckle producing.

Roven and Suckle also produced 2002’s “Scooby-Doo” for Warner Bros., mixing live action actors with the titular Great Dane, which was computer-generated, along with “Scooby-Doo: Monsters Unleashed” two years later. The first film generated $275 million worldwide, and the second followed with $180 million.

The studio has tapped Matt Lieberman to write the script for the new project. Warner Bros. is keeping the logline under wraps.

Jesse Ehrman is overeseeing “Scooby-Doo” for Warners.

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The original animated TV series “Scooby-Doo: Where Are You?” was created by Hanna-Barbera and first aired in 1969.

Roven’s recent credits include Warner tentpoles “Man of Steel” and “The Dark Knight Rises.” He’s also a producer on David O. Russell’s upcoming “American Hustle” for Sony.

Lieberman recently finished an untitled project for Paramount Animation, as well as “Short Circuit” for Dimension with Tim Hill set to direct.

Lieberman just sold his spec “12/24” to Chris Columbus’ 1492 Pictures, based on an original idea from David Guggenheim with Madhouse Entertainment and Guggenheim producing. He also sold the spec “The Pet” to Disney with Scott Rudin producing and Jared Hess set to direct and wrote Disney’s “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride” with Peter Candeland to direct as well as “Evil Genius” for the studio with Andrew Gunn producing.

Lieberman was previously in the Disney Writers Program. He’s repped by WME, Madhouse Entertainment and attorney Melissa Rogal.

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  1. Leon says:

    Just keep the latest people

  2. HH17 says:

    As long as it’s 2D and as good as Zombie Island, I’m game! For Scooby fans, THAT was always “the big movie” (the animated one anyway). The franchise hasn’t been THAT good since. The DTV movies coming out now are pretty forgettable at best. They have the potential to do something great with this.

    As for the voice actors, I honestly have no preference. I loved the live-action cast (especially Linda Cardellini), and in my opinion, Linda and Sarah Michelle Gellar are better fits for Velma and Daphne than Mindy Cohn and Grey DeLisle (especially Mindy, who I can’t stand as Velma).

  3. JRon says:

    I really hope it’s 2D animated.

  4. susie brett schaffer says:

    Matt Liebermen is a genius! This will be spectacular if he is involved!

    • Ariel says:

      I’d love for this to be in the same vein as the Mystery Incorporated show, especially when it came to character development and the dynamic in the team.

  5. JOE S HILL says:

    After brifely seeing the CGI animated “YOGI BEAR” that Warners did three years ago,i loathe the thought
    of seeing a “Scooby-Doo” CGI film-i prefer the original cel animated Hanna-Barbera cartoon series,when
    CBS first launched the show in 1969,and its 1972 hour long CBS show,”THE NEW SCOOBY-DOO MOVIES”-the finest in its history! don’t really know what Warner Bros. is trying to do here,,but i think we’re all “Scoobied-out”,,and i don’t really see how much more stuff they can bleed out of this HB creation-its longivity speaks very loudly with the cartoon shows,and the two previous movies,,so let’s
    bury the dog already,and focus on other material! Don Messick,the original Scooby-Doo voice,died
    nearly 16 years ago,and Frank Welker and Casey Kassem are the only original voice people left-and its
    depressing to think of anybody else doing this Franchise,,let’s move along already!

    • John says:

      Clearly, you haven’t bothered to do a little research. The original shows are still classics, but WB is still putting out animated DTV films once or twice a year. While the entire franchise went through an admittedly dark period in the early/mid-2000s, the newer features and the most recent series have reinvigorated the characters and plot lines, all while paying homage to the franchise’s past (whereas the big screen adaptations spoofed and made fun of the history). Also, Casey Casem retired from the Shaggy role like 3-4 years ago, but Matthew Lillard (the best contribution to ‘Doo’ and ‘Monsters Unleashed’) has assumed the role, and made it his own. Frank Welker remains as Fred, but has played Scooby for over a decade. While his Scooby isn’t as good as Messick’s, he’s filled the role well and is a familiar presence. Frankly, I have reservations as well on the idea of another big screen endeavor, but I’d like more information before I make any judgements.

  6. Me says:

    I have actually been used to write three movies in the past year for Warner Brothers.

  7. Re'Nell says:

    Actually, WB does animated Scooby films every year for home video. You must be referring to this animated film for theaters.

  8. David says:

    Zoinks!

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