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Long before he found himself exploring the cosmic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn got his big break penning the screenplay for the 2002 live-action adaptation of Scooby-Doo. And, commemorating the fifteenth anniversary of its release, Gunn has taken to Facebook to reveal that it was originally slapped with an R-rating by the MPAA.
“I had loved the character of Scooby-Doo since I was a kid and was excited at the prospect of making a live action film with 2002’s cutting CGI technology(!!),” said Gunn. “Yes, it was not exactly what we planned going out – I had written an edgier film geared toward older kids and adults, and the studio ended pushing it into an clean cut children’s film. And, yes, the rumors are true – the first cut was rated R by the MPAA, and the female stars’ cleavage was CGI’d away so as not to offend. »
- Gary Collinson
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.
The new Scooby-Doo feature will be a Warner Bros. Pictures presentation under the Warner Animation Group banner, »
- Dave McNary
Warner Bros.’ animated reboot of “Scooby-Doo,” which last year brought on Dax Shepard as a co-director and writer, has another two years before its in mystery-fighting shape. Originally pegged for a Sept. 21, 2018 release, the film is now parked way down the calendar at May 15, 2020, the studio said on Wednesday. Shepard shares the directors chair with longtime Warner Bros. Animation producer and director Tony Cervone. Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, who previously worked on 2002’s live-action “Scooby-Doo” and 2004’s “Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed,” are producing alongside Allison Abbate. Also Read: 'Chips' Is Latest Studio Bro Comedy Crawling With Homophobic 'Gay Panic' Jokes Shepard. »
- Matt Donnelly
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