'Looney Tunes' Being Rebooted Yet AgainDamon Houx |
Warner Brothers has already tried twice to reset their most famous cartoon character in full-length adventures. The first time was in 1996 with the Michael Jordan-starring 'Space Jam.' It was a pretty terrible movie, but reasonably successful. Then in 2003 they tried again with 'Looney Tunes: Back in Action,' which is the better movie but bombed. Hopefully, the third time is the charm.
The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Jenny Slate, late of 'Saturday Night Live,' has been hired to write a draft of a screenplay, and there's already a number of producers attached. Which suggests that if Slate's script is abandoned, that Warner Brothers feels that this is a viable franchise.
The characters are malleable and famous enough that this could make for a great movie, but it's the sort of great movie that will have come about because of the name brand value of its cast of characters. For Warner Brothers, it's likely that the value of the movie is secondary to getting the name out there, which allows them to sell more toys and dolls of likeness they own outright. We obviously hope for the best, and Slate has proved herself with the short she made, "Marcel the Shell With Shoes on" which we've embedded below.
And if you liked that, here's the sequel: