After 2002 and 2004's live-action escapades with Scooby-Doo and co. received pretty poor reviews, yet had a good spell at the box-office, things went a little quiet for the cinematic incarnations of Mystery Incorporated. Like what happened to the ambassadors of Hanna-Barbera's dynasty of iconic characters?
Well now it seems as if the doors to the Mystery Machine have been kicked wide open, and the squad will ride into cinemas once again. But this time returning to their roots in an animated feature film.
THR reports that Emmy-nominated animation O.G. Tony Cervone will be taking up directorial duties, and will be joined by The Dark Knight trilogy's Charles Roven, Richard Suckle and Allison Abbate (The Iron Giant, Frankenweenie and The LEGO Movie) on production duties. Matt Lieberman will pen the script, and Phineas and Ferb's co-creator Dan Povenmire is apparently involved in some "creative capacity."
Warner Bros., who are releasing the movie under their Warner Animation Group brand, are hoping to forge a franchise of animated movies based on characters from the universe of Hanna-Barbera. And depending on how well Scooby-Doo does, that will naturally determine whether we'll get to see the likes of The Jetsons and Hong Kong Phooey brought to life again this generation.
Here's hoping! The animated Scooby-Doo feature will be bounding into cinemas in 2018.