The Warner Bros. Looney Tunes feature film Acme is starting to gain momentum, as the studio is having X-Men: First Class scribes Ashley E. Miller and Zack Stentz to pen the script.
Crazy Stupid Love directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are reportedly in early negotiations to helm the movie, which will be scripted by the writing duo of Ashley E. Miller and Zack Stentz (X-Men: First Class, Thor). Steve Carell is in-talks to star in the project, which is being produced by Dan Lin and Roy Lee. The latter two were behind the ever-popular The Lego Movie. It’s being said that Warner Bros. envision this new Looney Tunes film as a potential franchise and no one would be better suited for such an endeavor than the crew behind the mega-blockbuster The Lego Movie.
Much of the plot is still unknown, as is whether or not the film will be a hybrid with a mix of live-action and animation (even more uncertain is if that animation will be traditional hand-drawn or modern CGI). The title of the film could be considered a hint. Acme is the fictional corporation that manufactures all sorts of faulty, ridiculous products that usual end up backfiring with comical results.
Warner Bros. has been eager to reboot the Looney Tunes for some time now. This particular project has been in development since 2010 under the supervision of Kevin and Dan Hageman, who helped write The Lego Movie and sold the studio an original pitch for a Looney Tunes film. However, it appears the studio is moving on with other Lego Movie alumni.
Warner Bros. has had mixed results with similar projects in the past. The 2003 film Looney Tunes: Back in Action with Brendan Fraser bombed, but 1996’s Space Jam with Michael Jordan is revered among a generation as a touchstone of their childhood, the film was also a success at the box-office at the time.
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