No pop culture property is going to remain dormant for too long when Hollywood has the opportunity to use it. It’s been 15 years since popular 1970s animated character Scooby-Doo and his mystery solving buddies were on the big screen, and that’s more enough time to justify a reboot. A new animated film is on the way, and some of the actors from the early-2000s live-action version have feelings. Matthew Lillard, who played Shaggy, is more than a little upset to discover that he’s being replaced, and also annoyed he didn’t get any sort of a heads up.
Last week it was announced that a new animated Scooby-Doo movie was being produced with names like Will Forte and Gina Rodriguez attached to voice the familiar characters that we all remember from the various versions of the cartoon show that started in 1969 and has existed in one form or another ever since.
Of course, for fans of a certain age, the most well-known version of these characters may have come from a pair of live-action movies. The first was released in 2002 and, while it wasn’t exactly a critical darling, it ended up grossing over $270 million around the world. That was good enough to spawn the sequel, 2004’s Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.
While it seemed highly unlikely that we were ever going to get another live-action Scooby-Doo at this point, at least with the same cast, it wouldn’t be the first time that a franchise was brought back after a long hiatus. The one thing a reboot does do is seemingly make that even less likely as we rarely see a franchise go backwards, though that can happen too.
As with any reboot scenario, there are fans that are less than thrilled to learn of it. There’s often a feeling that a reboot, simply by existing, is a slight to whatever came before.
Not everybody, however, seems to be too bent out of shape over the reboot. Freddie Prinze Jr. who played Fred in the live-action film, alongside wife Sarah Michelle Geller as Daphne, seems to be taking it all in stride. He’s glad Scooby-Doo is making it to the screen in some form for a new generation to enjoy.
While the new movie won’t have any connection to the live-action films, it will be connected to the animated characters. Frank Welker has been the voice of Scooby-Doo himself since 2002, and he’ll reprise his role in the new film, so this new movie isn’t entirely without pedigree.
While the main cast of the new film has been revealed, maybe the previously actors could get voice cameos as a nice nod to their previous work. We’ll have to wait and see. The new Scooby-Doo and company is set to bow in May of 2020.