Warner Bros. is planning on putting together a Looney Tunes reboot with the help of a former Saturday Night Live star.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Jenny Slate has been hired by Warner Bros. to write the script for what is intended to be a hybrid live-action/CG film that will feature our favorite Looney Tunes characters.
David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith of KatzSmith, the latter of whom penned the script to Warners Bros. Dark Shadows, are on board to produce the reboot along with Harry Potter producer David Heyman and his Heyday Films president Jeffrey Clifford.
For those of you who do not know what Looney Tunes is, allow me to break it down for you.
Looney Tunes is the name of the classic Warner Bros. cartoon shorts that started up in the 1930s and feature some of our most loved animated characters such as Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Wile E. Coyote, Tweety Bird, and many more.
In 1996, the studio came out with a unique movie that combined both live-action and cartoon elements; this movie was called Space Jam.
Space Jam, which was produced by Montecito, featured Michael Jordan and other actors mixing it up with the Looney Tunes characters. Space Jam grossed $90 million domestically and $230 million worldwide.
The chosen writer, Jenny Slate, has appeared in variousa variety comedic capacities. She has appeared on VH1 and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and was a castmember on Saturday Night Live for the 2009-10 season. Slate has also voiced characters in Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax and Alvin and The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.
One of her biggest splashes yet, however, was when she co-wrote and co-voiced a stop-motion short titled Marcel the Shell With Shoes On. This short went viral online and recieved more than 18 million views on YouTube. This unexpected success led to a Marcel the Shell book deal.
Slate is repped by WME, 3 Arts Entertainment, and Gray Krauss.