While we impatiently await an official announcement for Space Jam 2, one of the characters from that impending sequel is finally getting his own movie. It sounds like Speedy Gonzales and some of his friends south of the border are about to embark on a heist adventure. And Warner Bros. has landed Mexican royalty to help bring the super fast rodent to the big screen in his first ever solo movie.
Yes, Mexico's much believed actor and filmmaker Eugenio Derbez will be breathing life into Speedy Gonzales. At this time, there are no story details for this animated adventure. But unlike other recent Saturday Morning adaptations, this one won't have a live-action element. Eugenio Derbez had this to say about accepting the role originated by the late great Mel Blanc from 1953 to 1989.
"In Mexico we grew up watching Speedy Gonzales. He was like a superhero to us, or maybe more like a revolutionario like Simon Bolivar or Pacho Villa. He watched out for the little people but with a lot of bravado and a weakness for the ladies. I'm really excited to be bringing this character to the big screen. And besides being Mexican- my full name is Eugenio Derbez Gonzalez and I have big ears. The casting couldn't be better."
Speedy Gonzales began life as a side character created for a different cartoon. Animators Friz Freleng and Hawley Pratt first introduced the hyper rodent in his own animated short in 1955. Titled Speedy Gonzales, the short featured a cameo from the popular Looney Tunes character Sylvester the Cat. And it won the Academy Award for best short subject that year. It isn't known if Sylvester will be back to give Gonzales any more trouble in this new take on the character.
At this time, the movie is in early development, and is going under the title Speedy. Dylan Sellers via Rivers Edge Films will produce alongside Eugenio Derbez and Ben Odell via their 3pas Studios. Hank Nelken, known for such hit comedies as Are We Done Yet? and Saving Silverman, will be writing the screenplay. It is described as a heist caper. It's reported by Deadline that the movie will be cut for both English and Spanish speaking audiences. Says Dylan Sellers.
"We see this as an origin story of the great master, like a Robin Hood character, who ultimately ends up taking from the rich and giving to the poor. In a time when Donald Trump is gaining momentum, the world needs Speedy more than ever."
While Eddie Murphy voiced Donkey in Shrek, Eugenio Derbez assumed the role for the Spanish language version of the movie and its sequels. In doing so, he brought his own flavor to the movie adding in colloquialisms and humor that spoke directly to Mexican and South American audiences. So, are you excited to see Speedy Gonzales get his own movie before Space Jam 2?