At some point we all had to admit to ourselves that Matthew Lillard, the man born to play Shaggy from Scooby-Doo, had aged out of the role. Thanks to that we all knew that no more live action Scooby-Doo films would be coming. How could you ever hope to top his brilliant portrayal?
WB isn’t going to try. They’re ditching the live action and going full animation with the next Scooby-Doo film that will land in theaters.
THR reports that Tony Cervone, who is evidently some sort of Scooby-Doo straight-to-own movie directing god, will be helming the film so if you’re a fan of his previous Scooby work that should be exciting. If you have no idea who he is then how about Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, who previously produced the studio’s live-action Scooby movies, 2002’s Scooby-Doo and 2004’s Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed? No… Allison Abbate? Abbate has basically been involved with every good animated movie that wasn’t made by Pixar in the last 15 years so that’s a good sign.
Dan Povenmire, who co-created Phineas and Ferb, is on board to do some creative direction things and Matt Lieberman wrote the script.
Thinking that WB is about to whore out your childhood again? Well, first, Scooby-Doo isn’t your childhood anymore. He’s been on TV in one for or another for decades now so stop being selfish with your nostalgia. Secondly, this is only the start. They’re planning this film as a launching pad for turning a whole host of Hanna-Barbera properties into movies. I think we’d all be fine with a redo on Yogi Bear.