There have been multiple attempts at live action films over the years, largely unsuccessful, but just for fun let's say WB/AT&T decided to make a live action Scooby Doo series for their new HBO Max streaming service or whatever. What would you like to see from such a show? Any actors, writers, directors, composers you want them to get? Any length you want the show or series to be (half an hour, hour long, mini-series, 10-12 episodes, full 24 episode seasons, etc?)? Tone? Style? More episodic or connected season long arch? How would you want to see it done?
To be honest, I feel like live-action is kind of a restrictive format for Scooby Doo. You lose the ability to pull off all those wonderful animation gags. That being said, I would personally find it amusing to recreate some of that in live-action. They could have the actors running in place while a physical background loops behind them, recreating those running scenes from the original show. I'd also love if the colors popped more than in previous live-action movies/shows.
As for casting, I only know I'd cast Kelly Marie Tran as Velma and Nicola Peltz as Daphne.
I think the tone should be very similar to Where Are You! A kookier version of X-Files where every episode the gang investigates a mystery in a new town.
Last Edit: Jul 11, 2020 7:53:42 GMT -5 by MrDracul
There is a problem with live action remakes of cartoons, and it's a big one
Once you move into the real of real physics e.g. real bodies, real gravity, real materials, real perspective... The whole cartoon edifice comes crumbling down. Now there is a solution if you have very deep pockets, CGI1. The per-episode cost of using CGI/models to make up the 'physics gap' between what you do in a cartoon and what you can to in a live-action would be prohibitive. The real problem is what do you do about Scooby, use are real dog, throw buckets of money at getting a CGI Scooby that works, go talk nicely to Boston Dynamics about doing a Scooby version of their Spot robot?
So unless Jeff Bezos suddenly becomes a fanatical Scooby hungry for a live-action TV-series fan what do you do? The answer is, you don't. The live action takes place purly in the physical world, with your effects budget focussed on key things. So the show becomes like The Expanse, Supernatural, Stranger Things, Tales from the Loop, Dr Who, Red Dwarf... You save the effects for when they are needed. Now technology has come on leaps and bounds since the first live-action movie which helps but you have to be prudent with your effects budget.
Another factor is the writing, moving into live action, real actors, real expressions means the focus on the characters, their interactions and emotions becomes all the more important. In a cartoon you are limited in the range of experssions you can economically give the characters, with real prople those experssions come for free. So the bigger factor is not the effects as that's a technical problem and clever people always find a way around that, it's the writing. And given the current state of character/story writing in the Scooby universe the less said about that the better.
That said a spooky version of the X-Files would be my preferred option with at 50/50 mix between horror and humour, and no toxic relatioships like SD:MI.
1Other methods of special effects are availble. Ray Harryhausen did ground-breaking work with models as did ILM and others.
For Scooby, I'd probably do something like Birds of Prey. In that film Harley Quinn has a pet hyena. Of course it was CGI, but it was CGI laid over a real German Shepherd. I think a real Great Dane and some relatively speaking cheap CGI to animate the head when talking could give a good Scooby while staying in a reasonable budget.
I think Shaggy would be the hardest character to cast because out of the four characters he has the most cartoony personality and physique. Fred, Daphne, and Velma are easier to cast since basically all three play straight man to Shaggy. That's why Matt Lillard was so perfect, he could really capture that exaggerated personality.
I'm not sure there's an actor working right now who could be a great Shaggy.
Actually Charlie Day would make a great Shaggy. But then you have to cast the entire gang as washed up adults. Honestly they should just cast everyone from It's Always Sunny for a Scooby Doo show.
Shaggy - Charlie
Scooby - Mac
Daphne - Dee
Fred - Dennis
Velma - Danny Devito
Last Edit: Jul 11, 2020 8:44:51 GMT -5 by MrDracul