90s kids rejoice, there is a new Scooby Doo film in the works! The upcoming animated feature will be produced by Warner Bros and is scheduled for release in 2020 after a series of delays. The film is was originally scheduled for release September 2018, but was pushed back to May 2020.
So gang, what do we know?
The film is rumoured to simply be titled ‘Scooby’ according to IMDb, and will be directed by Tony Cervone (an expert in animating Looney Tunes and Hanna Barbera properties - including Scooby Doo). It is safe to say that the film is in safe hands. Cervone also worked on some fan favourites - including Camp Scare, the Mystery Incorporated TV show, Space Jam and the film with the band KISS.
The cast. Only three new voice actors have been announced, with Frank Welker reprising the role of Scoob himself. Saturday Night Live stars Will Forte and Tracy Morgan will be voicing Shaggy and Captain Caveman, respectively (Caveman has appeared in The Flintstones!). In addition, Gina Rodriquez, famed for the CW TV show Jane The Virgin, will be voicing Velma. This is a very interesting cast full of big names, which makes sense as this is the first Scooby Doo centred film since Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed and, well, the less said about that the better. Hopefully, the cast’s star power will be enough to draw audiences into the cinema.
Overall, the cast of the film is looking pretty promising.
Of course, no film nowadays can be released without some controversy. Matthew Lillard, the man who arguably portrayed the most recognisable rendition of Shaggy in the live action films, apparently found out that he was being recast in the role through Twitter. Twitter! On March 2nd he quote tweeted an article discussing the new cast with the caption “Well this sucks. What a crappy way to find out.... thanks Hollywood. You never cease to amaze me.”. After a short break from social media, Lillard came back to the Twitterverse to find an outpour of support. He called his tweet a “humiliating moment” and even referenced the ‘powerful Shaggy’ meme. You can likely imagine his upset however. Freddie Prinze Jr, the original actor for Fred, also commented that he didn’t take being recast ‘too seriously’. Oof.
Unfortunately, there isn’t very much more news about the film! There is a rumour going around that the main villain of the film will be Dick Dastardly from the iconic Wacky Races (which I personally am thrilled about), however this has not been confirmed by anyone.
Overall, the cast of the film is looking pretty promising, and you can’t go wrong with the man who has voiced the titular character for over 30 years. The casting of Shaggy would not have been my first pick, but then again, my first pick would’ve been Matthew Lillard. I think a part of me is a little salty that the original live action cast aren’t coming back, but maybe I just need to move on.
The Scooby Doo reboot is currently slated for release around May 15th 2020.