Warner Bros. is developing a “Speedy Gonzales” movie with Eugenio Derbez voicing the iconic mouse character from Warner’s Looney Tunes library.
Producers are Dylan Sellers through his Rivers Edge Films, and Derbez and Ben Odell through their 3pas Studios.
The studio has hired Hank Nelken (“Saving Silverman”) to write the story of a heist caper, but a director has not been found yet.
Speedy Gonzales started out as a character in the 1953 Looney Tunes cartoon “Cat Tails for Two.” He then starred in his own cartoon “Speedy Gonzales,” featuring Sylvester the Cat guarding a cheese factory at the U.S.-Mexico border from a group of starving Mexican mice, who call in the energetic Speedy to save them.
The character, created by Friz Freleng and animator Hawley Pratt, was voiced by Mel Blanc. The 1955 short won the Academy Award for best short subject.
Speedy has appeared in more than 40 cartoons, usually in a yellow sombrero, white shirt and trousers, and red kerchief.
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Warner Bros. and New Line were in development on a Speedy Gonzales movie in 2010 with George Lopez attached to voice Speedy.
Derbez voiced the Donkey in the Spanish-language version of “Shrek.” He’s best known to U.S. audiences for starring in “Instructions Not Included,” which became a crossover hit with $100 million in worldwide grosses.
Derbez produced, directed, wrote and starred in “Instructions Not Included.” He also starred in “Miracles From Heaven” opposite Jennifer Garner.
The news about the “Speedy Gonzalez” movie was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.