James Gunn, who wrote the Scooby-Doo live-action films, announces that the studio has greenlit an R-rated version of the iconic children’s film.
James Gunn reveals he’s on board for an R-rated version of Scooby Doo. The popular live-action remake of the legendary mystery gang and their furry sidekick celebrated its 20th anniversary last month with a behind-the-scenes look posted by James Gunn on Instagram. Gunn co-wrote the screenplay for Scooby Doo, who gave the starting signal for his now very successful career. He later wrote the screenplay for Scooby-Doo: Monsters Unleashed, which was less successful at the box office than the first film, leading to the franchise ending there rather than the original three the studio had in mind. In the legendary 2002 rendition of the Hanna-Barbera series, the mystery squad reunited after a year-long hiatus due to group tensions to investigate a ghost inhabiting guests at a horror-themed resort.
With Freddie Prinze Jr. as Fred, Sarah Michelle Gellar as Daphne, Linda Cardellini as Velma, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy and Neil Fanning as the voice of Scooby. Scooby Doo was a smash hit with audiences but was poorly received by critics. Despite this, it has built a cult following and a huge fan base. The cartoon has seen countless other prequels, sequels, and spin-offs since its conception in 1969, with an adult-friendly Velma-themed show in the works from screenwriter Mindy Kailing at HBO Max. Now fans are asking if they can ever expect a more mature-themed version of Gunns Scooby Dooand he has an answer.
Gunn responded to a Twitter fan’s question about an R-rated possibility Scooby Doo with the original cast. This comes after Shaggy actor Matthew Lillard revealed in an interview that he loves the idea of live adult action Scooby Doo. Gunn had a hopeful response, saying that he thinks they would if they asked the studio. Check out his answer below:
I think they would if we asked for it. I think I don’t have time right now!
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 25, 2022
Although Gunn is on board, he points out that he doesn’t have time for it Scooby Doo at the moment. Gunn missed out on directing the third film in the trilogy because he got booted, but now he would most likely be returning not only as the writer but also as the director of this R-rated one Scooby Doo. Gunn is already fully booked working on projects like peacemaker Season 2 for DC and Guardians of the Galaxy 3 for Marvel. It would take him a long time to direct this new script and concept. Although the original Scooby Doo Film had risqué humor and was aimed at an older audience, some elements definitely need tweaking and upgrading to make it a full R-rated film.
Many shows, films, and music from the early 2000s made a comeback with the rise of Y2K and TikTok. Scooby Doo is no exception as several viewers are still idolizing and discussing the film 20 years after its release. In fact, the film’s enduring popularity was highlighted when Lillard put the Mystery Machine up on AirBnb for three lucky fans for an exclusive overnight stay. Today, fans continue to create works of art dedicated to the groovy cast of mystery solvers. With reboots and spinoffs being the norm these days, it wouldn’t be a shock if Scooby Doo The R-rated version goes from idea to reality, and luckily Gunn is on board.
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