No top billing for you, Bugs Bunny. Daffy Duck, prepare to play second banana. Elmer Fudd? Fuh-fuh-fuh-fuggedaboutit!
According to The Hollywood Report, Warner Bros. is moving full steam ahead on bringing the classic cartoon “Looney Tunes” to the big screen. They’ve hired writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (“X-Men: First Class”), and Steve Carell is attached to star. He may reunite with his “Crazy Stupid Love” directors, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, too.
And while the movie will be a mix of live action and CGI, the actual “Looney Tunes” characters will not be the focus of it.
Rather, the movie is kind of spinoff centering on the Acme Corporation, which manufactures “crazy and sometimes dangerous products” used by Looney Tunes characters (like Wile E. Coyote in his futile quest to catch Road Runner).
Warner Bros. has had mixed results with “Looney Tunes”-related movies in the past. “Space Jam,” starring Michael Jordan, was a hit in 1996, but remember 2003’s “Looney Tunes: Back in Action”? Didn’t think so.
Still, Warner is mining all of its franchises, in the hope that it can spawn another lucrative hit like “The Lego Movie.”