Coyote Vs. Acme, an upcoming movie featuring the classic Looney Tunes antagonist Wile E. Coyote, has found its director. According to a new report, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows helmer Dave Green will direct the project, and the search for a writer is now underway. Lego Batman director Chris McKay and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia writers Jon and Josh Silberman are also producing with Jesse Ehrman overseeing for Warner Bros.
Described as a live action-animation hybrid, Coyote vs. Acme will likely feature an animated Wile E. Coyote in a realistic world. Full plot details are not yet clear, but the title suggests the titular coyote will switch his focus from Road Runner to the fictional Acme company. Those who remember the classic Looney Tunes cartoons might recall that every one of the traps and weapons Wile E. acquires all fail in spectacular fashion, always resulting in bringing leaving the coyote very badly injured. Maybe the desert animal has finally realized that Acme is bringing him far more pain than the Road Runner ever did.
Coyote vs. Acme is one of many upcoming projects to expect from Warner Animation Group. The studio is also live-action animation hybrid movie based on the Tom and Jerry cartoons, which will star Chloe Grace Moretz, Michael Pena, Ken Jeong, and Rob Delaney. An upcoming sequel to Space Jam is also in the works, bringing back Bugs Bunny for another high-stakes basketball game, swapping out Michael Jordan for LeBron James. Additionally, there are upcoming movies based on classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons like Scooby-Doo, The Flintstones, and The Jetsons.
David Green is known for directing many music videos and short films, and made his feature film directorial debut in 2014 with the release of the found footage sci-fi movie Earth to Echo. Written by Henry Gayden, the movie follows a group of teens who find a robotic alien in the desert. The filmmaker would follow this effort in 2016 by helming the Michael Bay-produced sequel Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, which served as a continuation from the 2014 reboot. Grossing over $245 million worldwide against a budget of $135 million,
Wile E. Coyote has been trying to capture the Road Runner since 1949, dating back to their first-ever Looney Tunes cartoon "Fast and Furry-ous." Each cartoon always involved Wile E. attempting to catch Road Runner for his next meal, but the devices and odd contraptions he uses always backfire in a comical fashion. In other Looney Tunes animations, the coyote has also served as an antagonist to Bugs Bunny and has been seen in a wide variety of animated projects.
It's not clear when Coyote vs. Acme may be heading to the big screen. That information should be made apparent after the project finds its writer and the project's screenplay has been finished. For now, fans of the classic duo can always check out Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner in their dozens of classic cartoons. This news comes to us from Variety.