Although the WWE has not been all that successful thus far with their initial forays into feature films, in theory, the idea of generating low budget movies that capitalize on the star power of well-known wrestlers seems sound. Recently, however, the company has been making a move to diversify their product by setting up movies that don’t just star wrestlers (The Hive starring Halle Berry, Dead Man Down starring Colin Farrell) and also acquiring the rights to other indie flicks on the festival circuit (Doug Aarniokoski’s The Day). They are also licensing properties from other companies as is the case with their upcoming Leprechaun reboot. Their latest announcement, however, is perhaps the strangest one of all: that’s right, WWE is making their very own Scooby-Doo movie.
According to Deadline, WWE Studios is teaming up with Warner Brothers to co-produce a new animated Scooby-Doo feature. Warner Bros Home Entertainment will distribute the movie on Blu-ray, DVD, VOD and digital download, and WWE will cross-promote the movie with “a mystery at WrestleMania.” Triple H, John Cena, Kane, The Miz, Brodus Clay, Santino Marella, Sin Cara, AJ, and Vince McMahon have all signed on to provide voices and will appear in animated form.
So basically it’s Scooby-Doo meets Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling? I’m in! Scooby-Doo has featured plenty of celebrity crossovers in the past, so in a way this isn’t all that crazy, but it is definitely not a property I would ever think to connect with the WWE. Clearly they are looking to expand their filmography to appeal to younger audiences, and indeed all of the future WWE films are expected to be PG-13 from here on in. What do you think, is this the weirdest news you’ve heard all week? Could it actually work?