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Dax Shepard to Co-Direct ‘Scooby-Doo’ Animated Film With Tony Cervone

Warner Bros. is in negotiations with Dax Shepard to co-direct their latest “Scooby-Doo” animated film with “Space Jam” helmer Tony Cervone.

Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, who produced the last two “Scooby-Doo” live-action movies, will produce this as well. The studio has dated the film for Sept. 21, 2018.

Shepard will also co-write the screenplay with Matt Lieberman, while Dan Povenmire (“Family Guy”) executive produces.

Jesse Ehrman, who oversaw the production of Shepard’s upcoming action comedy “CHiPs” for the studio and is also overseeing “Scooby-Doo,” suggested that Shepard come in to meet with execs on the project after he expressed interest in the property. The studio had always envisioned two directors tackling the film.

The new “Scooby-Doo” will be a Warner Bros. Pictures presentation under the Warner Animation Group banner, which rose to prominence last year with “The Lego Movie.”The original animated TV series “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!?” was created by Hanna-Barbera and first aired in 1969.

Best known for his acting roles on projects like the NBC dramedy “Parenthood” and Adult Swim’s “Robot Chicken,” Shepard has begun adding director to his resume. Besides “CHiPs,” Shepard also directed and starred in the crime comedy “Hit and Run.”

He is repped by WME.

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