Though a reboot of the “Scooby Doo” franchise has been in the works for a while at Warner Bros. Pictures, it turns out the studio has more ambitious plans than just one film.
Slashfilm reports that the studio announced at CinemaCon this week in Las Vegas that the new “Scooby Doo” film will be called “S.C.O.O.B.” and is targeting a September 21st 2018 release.
That’s not all though, it seems the film might serve as the launching pad of a proposed new wave of potentially interlocking movies based on the Hanna-Barbera cartoons. A cinematic universe of those characters which includes the likes of The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, The Jetsons, The Smurfs, Top Cat, Jonny Quest, Wacky Races, Sealab 2020 and many others.
Rights to certain titles, such as “The Smurfs,” are owned by other parties and so obviously can’t take part. The potential news comes from a studio sizzle reel in which a voiceover says the new “Scooby-Doo” is “our first shot at unlocking the whole Hanna-Barbera Universe”. The reel was from Warners Animation which includes talents such as Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Nicholas Stoller, Glenn Ficarra, John Requa, and Jared Stern.
Warners is said to be changing direction in coming years, relying more on its proven franchise earners such as DC Comics, LEGO, “Harry Potter,” etc. Should it make the Hanna-Barbera library a valuable property on film again, it would certainly fit right in with this vision.