Warner Bros. and Warner Animation Group are in negotiations to bring on Chris Columbus as creative producer on a new Scooby-Doo animated movie. WB is looking to leverage their strengths in both departments in order to deliver the strongest possible performers on the big screen, which is a common-sense approach but also one that's not all that common since major studios tend to restrict their talent into silos. This will be a combination of live-action and animation, and it will begin shooting in 2019.
Tom and Jerry is expected to shoot first, in 2019, with a film set in the real world that contains animated versions of feline Tom and rodent Jerry. The company plans on working to make the animation and live-action teams work together on the hybrid films like Tom and Jerry, which hasn't happened often in other studios.
The untitled Scooby-Doo movie is full steam ahead with an expected release date in the first quarter of 2020.
Tom and Jerry started in 1940 - racking up 164 original shorts for various different studios, picking up seven Academy Awards and overtaking the Looney Tunes in the early '60s to become the highest-grossing animated short film series of all time. Kelly Fremon Craig wrote the screenplay, which is based on a draft from Jack Donaldson and Derek Elliot. And Scoob and the gang aren't the only classic cartoons getting another shot: A Jetsons movie that has Matt Lieberman and Conrad Vernon (Sausage Party) attached is in development, along with The Flintstones and Wacky Races pictures. Then there's the previously-reported Wile E. Coyote movie and Space-Jam 2.
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