With a new animated movie in the work for the Scooby Gang (no, not that one), we’ve got an update on who’s now involved in a creative capacity.
Via Variety, Chris Columbus has signed on as the creative producer for Warner Brothers’ new Scooby-Doo picture. Columbus will be working with director Tony Cervone in bringing Scoobert Cornelius Doo back to the big screen that’s expected to be released in the first half of 2020. Columbus, of course, is best known to genre fans for writing Gremlins and The Goonies, and for directing efforts such as Home Alone, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Mrs. Doubtfire, Bicentennial Man, and the first two Harry Potter movies.
Scooby and his pals made their debuts back in September 1969 with Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! Since then, the mystery-solving Great Dane has headlined plentiful animated series, comic books, video games, and movies both in live-action and animated form. From generation to generation, Scooby-Doo has continued to be a pop culture icon, and so there’s always going to be an audience for this ever-popular figure.
Back in 2016, we reported that this new Scooby-Doo film would be the launching point for a shared cinematic Hanna-Barbera realm. Whether that remains the plan, we’ll have to wait and see. Given how Hanna-Barbera has properties such as The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Wacky Races, Top Cat, and The Yogi Bear to pull from, there’s certainly a lot of potential here.