By Matthew McKibben | June 19, 2014
It’s been 10 years since Scooby-Doo and crew had their last theatrical outing, so Warner Bros. is revving up the reboot machine and seeing what comes out. Warner Bros. recently hired screenwriter Randall Green to write a draft for a rebooted Scooby-Doo movie series. 2002’s Scooby-Doo and 2004’s Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed were moderately successful at the box office, so the notion that they’d want to return to that well shouldn’t be too surprising. In the time since those movies were released, Scooby-Doo has lived on in everything from straight-to-video movies, to a couple different animated series, to merchandise that continues to line toy shelves. There’s still an audience out there for Scooby-Doo, so who am I to rain all over their abandoned amusement park with my negativity?
The Cartoon Network’s Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated series is actually pretty good. Whereas the old 70’s show was basically a series of one-off episodes, the new show has character arcs that exist throughout the entirety of the show and have mysteries that can be somewhat compelling (in a childish kind of way) and sometimes kind of scary (ditto my previous parenthetical statement). I’ll be pleased if the new movie(s?) goes that route. The 2002 and 2004 movies were a little too in-jokey and self-referential for my tastes, so it would be fun if the new ones took things a little more seriously…but not too much more seriously. Also, they really need to perfect what Scooby-Doo himself looks like. The CGI monstrosity from those early 2000s movies wouldn’t cut it. Would anyone really complain if they bypassed all ideas of “realism” and made Scooby look kind of cartoonish? I’d dig it. Also, no more ascots. Let’s let that one die, too.
There is no timetable for the release of this movie, but Warner Bros. will be producing on a script from Randall Green.