Posted on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by Angie Han
With every other classic property making its way to the big screen, you didn’t think Warner Bros.’ Looney Tunes would get left out, did you?
A new Looney Tunes movie called Acme is in the works, with Steve Carell already attached to star. X-Men: First Class scribes Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz are writing the script, and Carell’s Crazy, Stupid, Love. helmers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are in early talks to direct. Hit the jump for all the details.
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If we’re lucky, every few months a poster is released that makes you step back from your computer and stare. A poster so gorgeous, fans and non-fans a like will bask in its beauty. Some previous examples are Olly Moss’s Star Wars posters, Ken Taylor’s Halloween poster, Tyler Stout’s Akira, Aaron Horkey’s There Will be Blood and now, you can add Tom Whalen‘s The Wizard of Oz to the list.
Whalen has long been a favorite, both here on /Film and in galleries across the country. Working consistently for Mondo and Gallery 1988 has helped the Pennsylvania-based artist develop quite a following and, as fantastic as his work always is, this poster – made for Mondo – takes the cake. It’s epic, evocative and sure to be incredibly difficult to obtain.
Check out the full image after the jump along with another new Whalen poster from, for the Looney Tunes short Knighty Knight Bugs, as well as two comic-themed posters for The Black Beetle by Francesco Francavilla. Read More »
The Warner Bros. stable of cartoon characters is about to get another reboot. Looney Tunes: Back in Action hit theaters almost a decade ago, in 2003, and there have been new, “younger” versions of the characters on TV, along with a couple theatrical shorts.
Now Jenny Slate, a former SNL cast member, is writing a new features for Warner Bros. that will likely become another hybrid CG/live-action film featuring the likes of Bugs, Daffy, and more. But, wait, there’s more, after the break. Read More »
Jonah P (via: DannyTRS) noticed that the official website for the Michael Jordan/Looney Toons movie Space Jam is not only still functional but has not been updated since 1996. It’s like an internet time capsule from 14 years ago. Remember when movies were marketed online like this? Check out the website at http://www2.warnerbros.com/spacejam/movie/jam.htm.
Warner Bros. is finally getting back to exploiting the studio’s huge stable of animated stars. But is that a good thing? There’s a live-action/CGI hybrid Bugs Bunny film in the works, and a Pepe le Pew film with Mike Myers planned as the voice of the romantically aggressive little skunk. And now the studio has bought a pitch for a film that would revolve around the ACME Warehouse, which supplied so many powerful, misused gadgets to Wile E. Coyote and other characters over the years. Read More »
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Warner Archive is fast becoming one of the more valuable facets of the DVD landscape. the company is Warner Bros.’ method for direct-marketing the DVD and digital release of many films that have artistic and cultural value, but no great commercial prospects.
Is Warner Archive now poised to bring a group of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons packed with racial caricatures, the so-called Censored Eleven, to DVD? One report out of the New York Comic Con says yes, but a more official statement from Warner Home Video says ‘not yet. Read More »
Earlier this year, Warner Bros announced plans to bring back Looney Tunes in a new series of theatrical animated short films. Three new 3D short films feature Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote (and three more are in development). The first short, “Coyote Falls,” premiered in front of Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore this past weekend.Two more shorts will premiere this year: “Fur of the flying” is attached to Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, and “Rabid Rider” is being attached to Yogi Bear. I’m guessing that 99.9% of /Film readers wouldn’t have been caught dead in Cats & Dogs 2. So for those of you who missed it, here is a 26 second clip from the “Coyote Falls.”
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In May we told you that Warner Bros. would be reinvent the classic Looney Tunes stable of characters as a series of new 3D theatrical short films and a new 26-episode half-hour Cartoon Network television series called The Looney Tunes Show. The pitch for the new series is that Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck will be “odd-couple roommates in a contemporary cul-de-sac” with neighbors Yosemite Sam, Tweety Bird, Sylvester, Marvin the Martian and Porky Pig.
We showed you a preview of the new Bugs and Daffy, but now we have images of the entire Looney Tunes clan from the Licensing Expo (thanks to CartoonBrew). Check them out, after the jump.
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Last time Warner Bros. tried to reinvent the classic Looney Tunes stable of characters, the result was a disaster. The Loonatics Unleashed featured absurd ‘extreme’ versions of the characters that were booed off television within two years.
Now WB is trying again with a new cartoon series and a set of 3D shorts that will play in theaters. Why would you even think about having confidence in this new approach? Because the studio is going back to the basics, and the New York Times says that art from The Loonatics Unleashed is “framed and hanging in Warner’s animation offices as a reminder of what not to do.” Read More »