This could be the beginning of something interesting for the Hanna-Barbera Cinematic Universe. Dax Shepard is confirmed to be on board to write and direct the newest Scooby-Doo movie titled S.C.O.O.B.
As told by Variety, Shepard will be co-directing the newest animated Scooby-Doo movie along with Tony Cervone. Joining Shepard and Cervone on the team are producers Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, both of whom produced the two live-action Scooby Doo movies, Scooby Doo and Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.
Shepard initially expressed interest in taking on the project as writer and director and he was brought in by Jesse Ehrman, who produced Shepard’s upcoming project titled CHiPs to talk with the executives over at Warner Bros. Ehrman is also on board as producer for S.C.O.O.B. that is slated to premiere in 2018.
This is not the first time Shepard will be taking on the role of a director as he previously directed Hit and Run, a crime comedy that he also starred in. Shepard will be co-writing the script for S.C.O.O.B. alongside Matt Lieberman.
S.C.O.O.B. will also become the second movie under the Warner Animation Group, which gained popularity after the very successful The Lego Movie.
According to Entertainment Weekly, S.C.O.O.B. is their chance at being able to unlock the entire “Hanna-Barbera Universe” and this means more interconnected franchises from the cartoons of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera will have their movie adaptations. Warner division DC Comics first got the ball rolling with the Hanna-Barbera franchise by coming out with Hanna-Barbera comics complete with popular crossovers. If S.C.O.O.B. is successful enough, then it is likely that movie adaptations of Wacky Races, Top Cat and even Sealab 2020 can be made.
Plot details of S.C.O.O.B. may be revealed in the coming months or in 2017.
S.C.O.O.B. is expected to premiere on Sept. 21, 2018.
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