A Live-Action ‘Tom & Jerry’ Movie Is In the Works, Chris Columbus Joins ‘Scooby-Doo’
The live-action reboot craze has already taken over practically every Disney animated movie you can think of, and at Warner Bros. it’s about the revive Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera classics.
The studio is already working on a Wiley E. Coyote and Road Runner movie, but they won’t be the only cartoon animal rivals coming to the big screen. Variety has details about a live-action Tom and Jerry movie in development. The cat and mouse slapstick characters are no strangers to modern movie reboots; there have been over a dozen Tom and Jerry movies over the years – the last one looked really atrocious. But this new movie will be a live-action animation hybrid, the first of many planned for the studio.
That means we’ll get a CG cat and mouse in a real-world setting. As much as that may evoke memories of those Cats & Dogs movies (*shiver*), this movie thankfully will keep Tom and Jerry silent instead of casting voice actors. The film will be directed by Tim Story, known for the Ride Along movies, the first Fantastic Four movie (and sequel), and the upcoming Shaft reboot.
After Tom and Jerry, the studio will make a new Scooby-Doo movie with director Chris Columbus. That will be all animation and penned by The Edge of Seventeen and Bumblebee writer Kelly Fremon Craig. That movie was originally supposed to come out this year (literally last month) and would’ve kicked off WB’s Hanna-Barbera Cinematic Universe (yes, that’s now a real thing), which will also include the Jetsons movie, new Flintstones and Wacky Races movies, and of course Space Jam 2.
The Scooby Squad won’t return to the big screen until early 2020, which gives you plenty of time to pick a side in ScreenCrush’s legendary Is Scooby-Doo Dumb or Great debate.
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