We finally have some breaking news on the next Scooby-Doo film...but it's not what you would have expected. According to Deadline, a live-action Scooby-Doo movie will be released sometime in 2018. Taking the franchise in a different direction, the film will focus solely on Daphne and Velma before they met Fred, Shaggy and Scooby and is currently titled "Daphne and Velma." The film will be a collaboration between Warner Brothers Studios, Blue Ribbon Entertainment and Blondie Girl Productions. Blondie Girl is owned by Jennifer and Ashley Tisdale, the later of which is most famous for voicing the character Sharpay Evans in Disney's High School Musical. Actress Sarah Jeffery has been cast in the role of Daphne, and Sarah Gilman (another Disney star, best known for her lead role as Delia on the Disney Channel original series I Didn't Do It) will play Velma. Both are pictured below.
Through Deadline, Warner Brothers also has released a summary of the film:
Before their eventual team-up with Scooby and the gang, bright and optimistic Daphne and whip-smart and analytical Velma are both mystery-solving teens who are best friends but have only met online — until now. Daphne has just transferred to Velma’s school, Ridge Valley High, a tech-savvy institute with all the latest gadgets provided by the school’s benefactor, tech billionaire Tobias Bloom. And while competition is fierce among the students for a coveted internship at Bloom Innovative, Daphne and Velma dig beyond all the gadgets and tech to investigate what is causing some of the brightest students in school to disappear — only to emerge again in a zombie-fied state.
In an interview with Deadline, the Tisdale sisters revealed that the movie would present Daphne and Velma in much more feminist and empowering way than the characters have been portrayed in the past. "Blondie Girl is committed to telling stories from a female perspective, and we could not be more thrilled to give Daphne and Velma their own story. It’s so exciting to partner with Warner Home Entertainment and Blue Ribbon Content to introduce a new generation to the smart, charismatic, fearless females that we all know and love." Executive vice president of both Warner Brothers Home Entertainment and Blue Ribbon, Peter Girardi, gives some insight on how the idea for this film was thought up. "We wanted to give the audience a new take on these two familiar faces, who are fan favorites in the Scooby-Doo universe. Daphne and Velma are two iconic and strong female characters, and this latest adventure of theirs will be both inspiring and entertaining for the audience."
The current lineup of producers for "Daphne and Velma" include Ashley and Jennifer Tisdale, Amy Kim, Jaime Burke and Suzi Yoonessi. Yoonessi also serves as a director. The film will be written by Caitlin Meares and Kyle Mack, with additional production services being provided by Lifeboat Productions. It is unknown if this will be a theatrical film, or simply another DTV. However, this is a separate project from the previously announced film, formerly known as S.C.O.O.B..
With this movie taking such a different direction than what we've seen for Scooby in these past 48 years, what are your thoughts on a movie with a more feminist focus?