James Gunn, famous for his superhero films like “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “The Suicide Squad,” began his career as a writer by contributing to the blockbuster movie franchise “Scooby-Doo!” Gunn wrote the first film, “Scooby-Doo!”
Warner Bros. launched two films in 2002 and 2004, showcasing the Mystery Inc. group, fronted by Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, and Linda Cardellini. The box office collection for both movies amounts to a total of $456.9 million. The fans of the franchise are anticipating the reunion of the original cast for a potential third movie.
It appears that Gunn is confident about the possibility of making a “Scooby-Doo 3!” if the original cast is on board. This sentiment was expressed after journalist Brian Particelli shared an interview in which Matthew Lillard (who played Shaggy) expressed his interest in reprising his role for a potential third film.
Freddie Prinze Jr (@RealFPJr) July 25, 2022, “They either lack the courage or willingness to produce this film.”
After the conversation gained traction, Gunn took notice and left a positive comment but also noted that he is currently occupied with other projects and cannot give serious consideration to the idea at the moment.
“I believe they would agree if we approached them, but unfortunately, I do not have the availability at the moment!” – James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 25, 2022
Mr. Gunn, who is now planning the post-production of “Vol. 3” of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” will return later and start working on another TV series based on superheroes from DC Comics.
Despite this, it’s encouraging that both he and the initial cast are curious about the prospect of a third installment of Scooby-Doo. Additionally, it’s important to mention that HBO Max and Cartoon Network have announced their intentions for “Scooby-Doo! And the Mystery Pups,” a forthcoming animated program geared towards younger viewers.
As per the report from Deadline, Warner Animation’s upcoming production will feature Scooby and Shaggy as camp counselors during a summer camp, where they will team up with three puppies attending the camp to form a younger version of Mystery Inc. Frank Welker and Matthew Lillard will lend their voices to Scooby and Shaggy, respectively.
Warner’s Head of Children’s Programming, Amy Friedman, affirmed that “Scooby-Doo! And the Mystery Pups” combines all the cherished aspects of Scooby-Doo, such as his wit, his unwavering bond with Shaggy, and his intriguing persona, presented in the novel and comprehensible style customized for young kids. This will enable parents and guardians to introduce their beloved childhood hero to a brand new generation.”
Mark Palmer is the producer and showrunner for ‘Scooby-Doo! And the Mystery Pups’, which will debut on the Cartoonito block in 2024.