Zac Efron and Amanda Seyfried cast as Fred and Daphne for Scooby-Doo reboot
There was a point where sequels, reboots, remakes, and relaunches were few and far between - but now it makes up most of the year's biggest releases. The upside to this is that if a movie performs poorly at the box office or doesn't live up to audience expectation, the studio can just try again until they get the formula right.
For instance, next month sees the remake of Pet Sematary hit movie theatres, while later this year we'll see It: Chapter Two, which was itself another shot at getting Stephen King's book right in a movie adaptation. But did you know that they're doing the same thing with Scooby-Doo?
The first live-action movie came out way back in 2002, starring Freddie Prince Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Linda Cardellini and Matthew Lillard as the Mystery Inc. gang. Two years later we got Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, but that was it for the initially-successful series.
A third film was in the works, it was eventually cancelled. This was confirmed in an interview with Lillard, who said:
"There will be no Scooby 3. The second one didn't do as well as it was expected to do, and I completely hold that to Warner Brothers' fault. I think Warner Brothers made a mistake releasing it at the time they did March 2004.
"I think the movie's much better than the first movie, and I honestly thought it was going to do ridiculously good box office. But we had a bad timeslot. We had 13 movies open up in two weeks after we opened up. I mean, it did well, but it didn't do great, and it needed to do great."
Following this, there were two TV movies set before these came out, with a whole new cast and a far smaller budget. They aired on Cartoon Network in 2009 and 2010, but after that there wasn't a peep - until recently.
Now there's a new feature film on the way, titled Scoob - and now it's been reported that the entire crew has been assembled, this time for an animated movie.
Will Forte was previously announced as doing the voiceover for Shaggy, while Gina Rodriguez will be Velma, and Frank Welker will once again take on the role of the titular dog. In addition to this, it has been reported that Zac Efron has been cast as Fred, while Amanda Seyfried is on board to play Daphne - according to a report by Deadline.
According to Variety, the plot will revolve around these characters teaming up with other Hanna-Barbera creations to save the world from the evil Dick Dastardly. So, it sounds like it will be closer to the likes of The LEGO Movie than a regular Mystery Inc. adventure - and will have a lot more money behind it too.
Personally, my Shaggy will always be Matthew Lillard, and I can't picture a better Fred than Freddie Prince Jr. - but either way, this is some stellar casting in my book.
'Scoob' is set to be released in May 2020.