Ruh-Roh! New ‘Scooby-Doo’ Live-Action Series is Coming to Netflix

Scooby-Doo Sarah Michelle Gellar, Scooby Doo, Matthew Lillard, Linda Cardellini, Freddie Prinze Jr., 2002
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It has been a wild ride for Scooby and the gang since their introduction in 1969. The beloved crime-fighting dog and his pals have captured the hearts of many, myself included, for decades. While there is a soft spot in my heart for the original cartoon, I also love the live-action movies from 2002 and 2004 with the goofy storylines and pretty spot-on casting. Recently, the streaming service Max created an animated series for adults focused more on Velma but the reviews have been pretty rough. Now, Netflix is hoping to capitalize on the popular pup but will they do a good job with it?

While a deal has not yet been formalized, it is pretty clear that Netflix, Warner Bros. Television and Berlanti Productions are working together on the new Scooby-Doo series. Greg Berlanti is behind the new series, a screenwriter, producer and director who has worked on shows such as Everwood, You, Dawson’s Creek, Riverdale, The Flash and many more. Josh Appelbaum and Scott Rosenberg will reportedly write the script and work as executive producers. They previously adapted Cowboy Bebop for Netflix.

Scooby Doo Where Are You? Freddy Jones, Velma Dinkley, Scooby Doo, Shaggy Rogers, Daphne Blake, 1969-72

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At the time of writing, there have been no announcements about the cast or a potential plot. However, reports share that it will be a one-hour drama, meaning it may be a bit more serious than what Scooby-Doo fans are used to. Oddly enough, before Velma premiered, Max had scrapped an animated film called Scoob! Holiday Haunt in order to save money. The film Scoob! (2020) is now available to stream on Max, which has plenty of nods to the show’s original creator Hanna-Barbera.

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed Matthew Lillard, Scooby-Doo, Linda Cardelini, Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, 2004

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The live-action films from the 2000s starred Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, and Linda Cardellini, with Neil Fanning as the voice of Scooby-Doo. Several years later in 2009 and 2010 there was a live-action TV movie called Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins and its sequel that didn’t do as well.

We will keep you updated on any news about the upcoming live-action Scooby-Doo series on Netflix.

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