Warner Bros. greenlights a 'Scooby Doo' live action reboot.
A brand new Scooby Doo movie has been given the green light by Warner Bros. just days after the announcement that the original Shaggy voice actor, Casey Kasem, had passed away. Whilst it's unlikely that the two headlines are anything more than a coincidence, the movie news is bound to receive a greater interest from those looking to remember the life of the radio star and actor.
The studio is said to be "starting from scratch" to create a brand new incarnation of the well-loved kid's mystery series, according to Deadline. Though very few details are known at this stage, the new movie will follow in the same vein as its predecessors in that it will be live action instead of animation.
Many will remember Warner Bros.'s two noughties live action reboots of the classic animated show, Scooby Doo and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. The first of the two movies was an instant hit, earning $275m worldwide but its widely-panned, Razzie-winning, 2004 successor fell short of that figure by $90m and the series was halted.
Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard and Linda Cardellini, memorably took on the larger-than-life roles of Fred, Velma, Daphne and Shaggy. Though no stars have been announced to be attached to the crime-solving roles just yet, there will undoubtedly be speculation over whether the original four will be reprising their roles of if Warner really will be "starting from scratch."
Randall Green has been tapped to direct the new picture, taking the reins from Raja Gosnell, who was responsible for the '02 and '04 retakes. Meanwhile, it has been revealed that original producer Charles Roven will produce the new film for Atlas.
The original Scooby-Doo cartoon TV series, Scooby Doo, Where Are You!, debuted in 1969 and has continued to entertain children to the present day. Over 30 different actors have played the main four characters as well as the cowardly pooch Scooby Doo himself.
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