It may seem hard to believe, but it’s been almost a decade now since we’ve seen any Looney Tunes characters on the big screen in a feature film of their own. This is largely due to the failure of Joe Dante’s movie Looney Tunes: Back in Action, which made only $21 million in the U.S. back in 2003. Since then, Warner Brothers has been slowly trying to revive the property, recently launching a brand new animated series called The Looney Tunes Show and attaching a handful of CG animated shorts to Warner Brothers family films in theatres (ie. Yogi Bear, Happy Feet Two, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island). Now it appears they are starting development on a brand new Looney Tunes movie, but they may have their work cut out for them if they want to avoid another flop.
According to THR, Warner Brothers has hired comedian Jenny Slate to write a screenplay for a new Looney Tunes film. It will be a live action / CG hybrid, most likely using the same 3D animation style established in the new Looney Tunes shorts. David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith (Dark Shadows) will produce along with David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford (Harry Potter).
Slate is probably best known as a former member of the Saturday Night Live cast, but she also had a recurring role on Bored to Death. She also starred in Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked and voiced a character in The Lorax. She has no official writing credits to her name with the exception of an animated short called Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, which played at Sundance and apparently was a big hit online. Are you looking forward to seeing Bugs and Co. on the big screen again? Would you prefer to see a fully animated movie instead?