Zoinks! It looks Warner Bros. is looking at reviving the Mystery Inc. gang once again in live action. Deadline has broken the news that the studio is looking to reboot the series once again for the big screen, and they’ve hired Randall Green to write the script. The question then becomes, who is Randall Green, and what will be in store for the Mystery Inc. gang this time around? Green seems to be a relatively fresh face to the industry, who doesn’t have any prior credits to his name.
It’s been ten years since Scooby and the gang have been on the big screen, where they were last seen in Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, which was written by Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, and directed by Raja Gosnell. The two films in the series starred Matthew Lillard as Shaggy, Linda Cardellini as Velma, Freddy Prince, Jr. as Fred, and Sarah Michelle Gellar as Daphne. While the first was a box office success, the second wasn’t, and plans for the third film were scrapped. It’s too bad, really, because the cast was good, and both of Gunn’s scripts were quirky and fun, very reminiscent to the show’s roots. The films led to a series of Cartoon Network prequel films instead, with a new cast, but the films weren’t quite the same.
It’s hard to make too much of this news right now, because without any other talent attached, it’s hard to get an idea of what the film will be going for. As the production moves along, and we get a director and a cast in place, we’ll be able to get of a feel for what WB wants. We can only hope the dark and gritty route won’t be followed here, because it would lose the core of what made the series so fun. One way to go though could be to follow the more recent TV series, Scooby Doo: Mystery Incorprated, which had a more central mystery at the core of the show, while still keeping the mystery of a week aspect in tact. It’ll be very interesting to see where the movie goes, and who they get involved with the production. For now though, we’ll just have to wait and see what comes of it, and I’ll leave you with the teaser from the 2002 film.