While most people abhor reboots of classic movie properties, actor Freddie Prinze Jr., who played Fred Jones in the live-action Scooby-Doo and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, has taken news of his own possible recasting in surprising stride.
His co-star Matthew Lillard, who portrayed Shaggy, voiced his disappointment over the weekend to Warner Bros.' plans to reboot its Scooby-Doo franchise. "Well this sucks," he wrote on Twitter. "What a crappy way to find out ... Thanks, Hollywood. You never [cease] to amaze me."
Prinze responded to a fan quoting Lillard with a significant blend of casual indifference and informed cynicism, reminding his followers of what film and television have always been: a business.
"Nah, man, it’s just show business," Prize tweeted. "Which word is bigger? They simply want to bring the franchise to the next generation with actors they think will get the most eyeballs. It’s just business. Always has been, always will be. I don’t take that stuff personally."
Nah man, it’s just show business. Which word is bigger? They simply want to bring the franchise to the next generation with actors they think will get the most eyeballs. It’s just business. Always has been, always will be. I don’t take that stuff personally.— General Manager Prinze (@RealFPJr) March 3, 2019
The big-screen animated feature will star Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth) as Shaggy, Gina Rodríguez (Jane the Virgin) as Velma Dinkley, Frank Welker as Scooby, and Tracy Morgan (The Last O.G.) as Hanna-Barbera character Captain Caveman. The roles of Fred and Daphne have yet to be cast.
The film will reportedly be a crossover that will not only feature the members of Mystery Inc., but also other characters in Hanna-Barbera's animated library. Television's iconic band of meddling kids will join forces with other Hanna-Barbera heroes to even the odds against a common threat made real: Wacky Races' Dick Dastardly.
Directed by Tom and Jerry's Tony Cervone, the untitled Scooby-Doo animated reboot opens in theaters on May 2020.