By Dave McNary, Variety
The studio had announced in 2015 that it was in development on Scooby with a release date of Sept. 21, 2018.
Variety reported in September that Dax Shepard is in negotiations to direct the movie. Producers are Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, who were producers on the studio’s live-action films Scooby-Doo and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. Allison Abbate, who has credits on Fantastic Mr. Fox, Corpse Bride, and Frankenweenie is also producing.
The untitled film is being directed by Space Jam helmer Tony Cervone, whose TV credits include Cartoon Network’s The Looney Tunes Show and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. Matt Lieberman (Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief) wrote the screenplay, while Dan Povenmire (Family Guy) is on board as executive producer.
Scooby is the first title to be set on May 15, 2020. Variety reported in 2013 that the project was in development. At that point, Roven and Suckle were producing, with Lieberman penning the script.
The 2002 Scooby-Doo mixed live-action actors with the titular Great Dane, which was computer-generated, as did Scooby-Doo: Monsters Unleashed two years later. The first film generated $275 million worldwide, while the second earned $180 million.
The original animated TV series Scooby-Doo: Where Are You? was created by Hanna-Barbera and first aired in 1969.
Warner Bros. also announced Wednesday that it would move Godzilla Vs. Kong forward a week to May 22, 2020, along with a June 29, 2018, release date for its comedy Tag, starring Ed Helms, Jeremy Renner, and Hannibal Buress.
Watch a scene from the original ‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!’ animated series:
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