In 1948, Warner Bros. Animation director Chuck Jones and writer Michael Maltese observed the trend of “chase” animated cartoon shorts, of which “Tom and Jerry” was one of the most famous examples. Jones and Maltese decided to parody the concept. Thus was born Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, tandem stars of many hilarious chase shorts that have made elements like the “beep-beep/meep-meep” sound effect and random products from the Acme Corporation iconic sights and sounds of Warner Bros. animated classics. Amazingly, this has inspired Warner Bros. Pictures to start developing a feature-length film adaptation, and they have even found a director for it.
Comic Book Resources tells us that Warner Bros. is progressing further in its plans for “Coyote vs. Acme,” a hybrid live-action and 3D animated film that will feature Wile E. Coyote – and possibly the Road Runner too – on a comedic adventure in the vein of 2003’s “Looney Tunes: Back in Action.” While that movie was a box office bomb, perhaps this new production could fare better with a better creative team behind it. With “LEGO Batman Movie” animation co-director Chris McKay as producer, Warner has acquired the services of Dave Green to direct the project.
While he has not yet many big-screen movies under his belt yet, Green stands as a great choice for directing a film mixing live-action and animation. In that sense, “Coyote vs. Acme” bears similarities to his 2016 directorial effort, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” for Paramount. Said movie, a sequel to the 2014 cinematic reboot by director Jonathan Liebsman and producer Michael Bay, made $245 million worldwide. Green will work on a script by writers Jon and Josh Silberman, who will debut as movie screenwriters after working on television series such as “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”
No further details on Warner’s “Coyote vs. Acme” have been revealed. From the title however, it can be theorized that it will involve the hapless Wile E. Coyote taking umbrage at the Acme Corporation, from which he has mail-ordered various tools and gadgets used in catching the Road Runner, only to backfire on him instead.
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