Get your scooby snacks ready, as everyone’s favorite group of young sleuths are coming to the big screen, with their cowardly canine companion in tow. Warner Bros. has announced plans for an animated SCOOBY-DOO feature, set to grace screens on September 21, 2018. Based on the iconic Hanna-Barbera series, the film will follow the new adventures of Shaggy, Scooby, Fred, Daphne, and Velma as they bust creepy capers and unmask criminals masquerading as monsters.
Matt Lieberman scripted the pic, with Tony Cervone stepping in to direct. Cervone is a veteran in animation and previously worked with the Mystery Inc. gang on the series Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. Phineas and Ferb co-creator Dan Povenmire will assist in a creative capacity and serve as an executive producer.
Oscar-nominated producers Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, who produced the WB’s live-action Scooby Doo features, are returning to shepherd this iteration. Alison Abbate, who produced the likes of The Iron Giant, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Frankenweenie, will also produce.
Regarding the project, Silverman stated, “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.”
Added Fellman, “It’s always a treat to see Scooby-Doo on the big screen and to share his larger-than-life adventures with audiences. As anticipation grows throughout production, the movie’s mid-September release date should start the fall season with a burst of fun.”
Kroll stated, “It’s wonderful to be working with this talented and inspired team of filmmakers. We couldn’t ask for better producers than Charles, Richard, and Allison, who have such affection and respect for this property and know the Hanna-Barbera universe so well.”
Vanderberg further elaborated, “Scooby-Doo and his friends have the kind of universal appeal that reaches across cultures as well as generations. We expect this new take on the franchise to generate even more fans around the world.”
The last film that featured the iconic ghoul-busting gang was the 2004 live-action comedy Scooby-Doo: Monsters Unleashed. This marks the second Scooby-Doo feature in development at Warner, as a live-action reboot was announced in 2014, with the first inklings of the animated pic reported on in 2013.
For those asking “Where are you?” to animation’s most beloved teen detectives, never fear, as a new series, Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!, will debut this fall on Cartoon Network. The series will once again feature the voice of Matthew Lillard, who portrayed the perpetually hungry Shaggy Rogers in both live-action features and has continued to voice the character in subsequent animated series, taking over the mantle from Casey Kasem.
No word yet on if Scrappy Doo will be joining the festivities.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor