Scooby-Doo fans will now have to wait until 2020 to see their favorite meddling kids return to the big screen, as Warner Brothers Animation’s untitled “Scooby-Doo” feature has been pushed back to May 15, 2020.
The film was originally scheduled for September 21 of 2017 — that’s nearly a 2 year-difference for those who are a little more more Shaggy than Velma when it comes to math.
The animated film was initially announced back in 2015. Dax Shepard is in talks to direct alongside prolific animator/writer/director Tony Cervone (“Duck Dodgers,” “Space Jam”). The film’s script is penned by Matt Lieberman (“Dr. Doolittle 4: Tail to the Chief”) with Dan Povenmire (“Family Guy”) executive producing.
There have, of course, been an abundance of Scooby-Doo led animated series and specials in recent years, but the last theater-released movie was 2004’s live-action “Scooby-Doo: Monsters Unleashed,” written by a pre-“Guardians of the Galaxy” James Gunn.
While news of another Sccoby-Doo theaterical release may have some saying “Ruh-roh” (or jinkies, jeepers, zoinks, etc.) it’s important to note Warner Brothers Animation’s recent success stories, namely thanks to the LEGO franchise.
The now-delayed film is based on the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!,” which inspired decades’ worth of animated spinoffs and movies, and a live-action franchise. Warner Bros. has recently had renewed interest in the 46-year-old property, releasing a number of Scooby-Doo LEGO toys and made-for-TV movies.