Warner Bros has announced that work is ongoing for the production of animation-inspired movies such as ‘Tom and Jerry’, ‘Scooby-Doo’, ‘Flintstones’ and more.
The plan is for Warners to embrace their classic characters, with hopes of crafting animated features and live-action hybrids.
Tim Story, director of Fantastic Four, is handling Tom and Jerry, while Harry Potter helmer Chris Columbus is producing Tom and Jerry and Scooby-Doo.
Variety reports that, Warners is “aiming for a balance of animated features and live-action hybrids, and in a rare move, the studio has made a concerted effort to make sure the animation and live-action teams are working to bring out something great.
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.
Variety further reports “that since Tom and Jerry didn’t speak and relied on physical comedy to draw laughs, this version will stick to that style and not cast actors to voice the duo. That decision should also help add to the international appeal of the film.”
All of these projects fall under the blanket of the Warner Animation Group, which was founded alongside The LEGO Movie.
Scooby-Doo will no doubt continue to draw a crowd, but are todays children even interested in Tom and Jerry? And can a new Flintstones movie ever live up to the magic of the live-action version in which John Goodman yells a lot? We’ll find out!
Discussion about this post