Variety spilled the beans yesterday. An animated Scooby-Doo film is in the works, which will be written by Matt Lieberman (who will be penning the remake of Short Circuit) and produced by Charles Roven and Richard Suckle at Atlas Entertainment. One can assume that it’ll be a Warner Bros. Animation release, since their newly revived animation house will enter the business starting this coming February with the highly anticipated The Lego Movie.
That being said, an animated Scooby-Doo film could work though it’s likely that it’ll be a computer-animated film rather than a hand-drawn one. Then again, since the Scooby-Doo brand has been kept alive for over 35 years through different shows that were all hand drawn, it’s possible that the film could be traditionally animated as well. Will it tie into the current show about the cowardly Great Dane (Mystery Incorporated)? Or will it just be something different like the live action films were? Also, will they go the easy route and modernize it with a hip attitude? Will it resemble the last string of Scooby series? Or will it be more like the Hanna-Barbera era shows?
Only time will tell, and the project is reportedly being kept under wraps. A release date shouldn’t be in sight anytime soon, especially if it’s a Warner Animation project – it has two original films in the works after The Lego Movie that it tentatively want to release in 2015 and 2016, respectively.