Last year, we heard reports that Warner Bros. Pictures was trying to develop another live-action Scooby-Doo film. Of course, we all remember the terrible 2002 Scooby-Doo film, which starred Freddie Prinze, Jr., Matthew Lillard and Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Even though the film received mostly negative reviews, it still grossed $275 million worldwide. That’s probably why WB wanted to develop this live-action reboot, but thankfully, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.
Instead, the Scooby-Doo franchise will be getting a new animated movie. Filmmaker Tony Cervone is on board to direct the film. Disney Writers program graduate and writer of the Short Circuit reboot, Matt Lieberman, has been hired to write the screenplay.
The project doesn’t have an official title, but it does have an official release date. Scooby-Doo fans can expect to see this new film in theaters September 21, 2018. Greg Silverman, Warner Bros. president of creative development, released the statement you see below…
“Like countless fans, I have always loved the Hanna-Barbera cast of characters. As one of their most famous brand ambassadors, Scooby-Doo will take the lead in re-introducing this pantheon of enduringly popular animated stars on a grand scale with an exciting new movie.”
I have to admit, I am pretty excited for this. If this was a live-action reboot, I probably would have been rolling my eyes and banging my head against the wall. But I don’t mind jumping on the animated train. Scooby-Doo works best that way.