Fans of Hanna-Barbera’s cowardly yet lovable Great Dane dog Scooby-Doo will be in for a treat in the near future, as Warner Bros. is looking to reboot the franchise and produce a brand new film adaptation based on the 1970’s cartoon series “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?”
A report on Deadline.com suggests that WB will “start from scratch,” after having previously released four live-action films based on the franchise. The theatrical films, starting with 2002’s eponymously titled “Scooby Doo” and followed up by “Scooby-Doo 2: Monster’s Unleashed” in 2004 were both directed by Raja Gosnell. The cast saw Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, and Linda Cardellini star as the central teenager characters,while Neil Fanning provided the voice of Scooby-Doo. A third film was planned, but was eventually cancelled after lack of interest following the poor performance of the sequel. Eventually, Warner Bros. released two television films in 2009 and 2010, which served as prequel adventures for the team before the events depicted in the Gosnell films.
Created by writers Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, and artist Iwao Takamoto for Hanna-Barbera’s daytime programming in CBS in 1969, Scooby-Doo is the name of a Great Dane dog with the ability to talk in broken English, who helps a team of teenagers solve mysteries and uncover criminals dressed as monsters and creatures in various conspiracies set up in the guise of supernatural events. Scooby was originally voiced by the late Don Messick from 1969 – 1994, and has appeared in various shows and spin-offs through the years, where other voice actors like Frank Welker and Scott Innes have voiced the character. Fred Silverman, head of children’s programming in CBS, came up with the name “Scooby-Doo” based on syllables and lyrics from Frank Sinatra song “Strangers in the Night”.
Since his creation, Scooby-Doo went on to become a hit and globally recognized icon in popculture history. Coincidentally, the character will celebrate its 45th Anniversary this year, after appearing in several forms of media produced by Hanna-Barbera and Warner Bros. However, the news of a film reboot comes at a time after the death of legendary DJ and voice actor Casey Kasem, who was the original voice actor of Shaggy, Scooby-Doo’s owner and best friend in the series and throughout the entire history of the franchise.
No cast or director has been attached to the Scooby-Doo reboot, other than scriptwriter Randall Green being tapped to take on the screenplay. — TJD, GMA News