CN to produce live action prequel on Scooby Doo

MUMBAI: Cartoon Network and Warner Premiere have announced the launch of the production process on Scooby-Doo: In The Beginning, a live-action prequel. The movie will debut on CN in fall 2009, coinciding with the DVD release.

The announcement was made by Warner Premiere president Diane Nelson and CN chief content officer Rob Sorcher.

Scooby-Doo: In The Beginning is set prior to the 2002 and 2004 live-action Scooby-Doo films. The film is a co-production between Warner Premiere and CN. Warner Home Video will be the home entertainment distributor.

"Scooby-Doo has enchanted generations of audiences for nearly 40 years and, as evidenced by box office, DVD sales and television ratings, the franchise today is stronger than ever. We‘re delighted to extend the Scooby-Doo legacy into another live-action film, and bring these characters to a greater legion of fans in an all-new movie,” said Nielsen.

The film will be directed by Brian Levant (Are We There Yet?, Snow Dogs, Jingle All The Way) while Brian Gilbert (Wrong Turn, Skinwalkers, The Deaths of Ian Stone) is producing it and Altiere Brothers (Dolittle Goin‘ Hollywood) is writing it.

The original series, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, was created in 1969 for Hanna-Barbera studios.

"This contemporary take on ‘Scooby Doo‘ is a an anchor component of our new push into movies, our great partnership with Warner Premiere and the overall expansion of CN programming efforts," said Sorcher.

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