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Warner Bros. Moves Forward with ‘Acme’ Feature


Warner Bros. is moving forward with Acme (working title), a new Looney Tunes spin-off centered around the Acme Corporation, the fictional weapons supplier whose name was often seen in the original shorts. The film, which has been in development since 2010, will not star any of the recognized Looney Tunes characters.

Scriptwriters Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (X-Men: First Class, Thor, Top Gun 2) will write the script, and directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy Stupid Love, Focus) are “in early negotiations to direct,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Initially planned as a live-action film, Hollywood Reporter now says that Acme will be a live-action/animation hybrid, in the style of earlier films like Space Jam and Looney Tunes: Back in Action, though the animation would obviously be CGI. Steve Carrell is attached as the lead, a “Steve Jobs kind of character.” LEGO Movie producers Roy Lee and Dan Lin will produce the film. Lin, who has in the past exhibited a tenuous grasp on classic animation, unsuccessfully attempted a Tom & Jerry relaunch back in 2009.

  • Let’s hope this falls into the same dust bin that houses the Marvin the Martian, Speedy Gonzales, Pepe LePew, and Bugs Bunny movies..

  • guest

    Lego movie worked because Phil Lord and Chris Miller, not Roy Lee and Dan Lin

    • Fried

      Lord and Miller were a huge part of the movie, but to say that nobody else helped is ridiculous, especially since you probably weren’t even at the studio and know nothing of how it was made.

      • Barrett

        Producers usually have a lot less to do with the creative qualities of a film than the writer(s) or director(s). Producers are managers, there to make sure all the parts of the engine are working in sync with one another. Their creative input is usually either minimal, or detrimental to the quality of the film.

  • starss

    … so they make a Looney Tunes movies without any of the Looney Tunes. Okay….

    • jax

      They didn’t say their wouldn’t be any Looney Tunes in the movie, they just said they wouldn’t’ star. Just like the other two movies.

  • I like the concept (seriously, as a kid I always wondered about ACME), but with the crew they currently have on it, I think it’s going to bite the dust.

  • Googamp32

    Wait, I thought that “Back in Action” established that Acme is evil.

    • starss

      lol canon in the Looney Tunes franchise?? That’s like saying the Muppet movies paid attention to any continuity!

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  • jhalpernkitcat

    An Acme movie without Looney Tunes is like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich without peanut butter and jelly.

  • Pedro Nakama

    “Steve Jobs kind of character.” So then Acme will be parallelled with Apple. This might be pretty good!

    • And nothing like this place I bet.

    • Ryoku Kero

      They both got the “product brakes in short amount of time” thing down already!

      All they need to do is have Acme build their products with overworked slaves.

  • Tre

    Wonder if we’ll see the witches who provided Ruber with the mechanical army transformation potion in ‘Quest For Camelot’

  • Ryoku Kero

    The animation oughta be decent, I dunno about the Steve Jobs-ish thing though. I’m quite anti-Apple, but with Steve Jobs passing it seems a bit distasteful to make fun of him.

    I have no problem mocking Apple though!

    Sent by my Iphone 7.2C with RedEYE

    • starss

      We barely know anything about the character. How do you know they’re only make fun of him? Since it’s STARRING the character, maybe they’ll present him well.

    • BlueBoomPony

      Yeah, so horrible, making products for regular people and not tech geeks. The nerve of them.

  • Patrick Benoit

    No scripts, no images, no plot lines, no details… and yet, according to the comments here, it’s already doomed. Welcome to the Internet!

  • Henry Cohn

    I always found Acme an interesting concept in Looney Tunes, and I can see quite easily how it could be explored further. But I don’t see what’s so “obvious” about it being CGI.

    • Barrett

      It’s because the look of hand-drawn animation merged with live-action has never worked particularly well, aside from “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.” It also costs a fockload less (in time and money) to plug in 3D CGi characters in a live-action environment, rather then trying to get hand-drawn characters to be colored, lit and shaded in such a way that they feel like they are not cut-and-pasted into the scene. The only reason Roger Rabbit happened as it did was because an insane perfectionist like Richard Williams was tasked with the job. Today’s Hollywood would never put up with that level of meticulousness and budget bloat.

  • Juliana Vianna

    I definitely want to see how that turns out.. though I’m not quite sure what will they be animation with no Looney Tunes in the movie? And I was kinda hoping they’d use some 2D too… well, I guess we need to wait and see

  • Marbles471

    One of the reasons the whole ACME thing is so funny is because of its mystique. We don’t see this faceless company and that’s why their hilariously malfunctioning products are able to be so drolly disastrous. This concept is wrongheaded for the same reason that “Back in Action” was—–ruining the mystique and revealing a face behind ACME, let alone an evil, buffoonish face like Steve Martin’s in that film, completely misses the point of what’s so funny about the concept to begin with.

  • Roman S.

    Stubby Kaye will always be Marvin Acme to me. :)

  • Let’s see how this blows up.

  • James Chaney

    If they’re animating classic characters such as bugs or daffy in even a cameo, animating them in anything else but some form of 2D will be a visual failure in my opinion. If they’re just using all new characters that people aren’t used to seeing, the audience may feel comfortable seeing them done up in CGI, so in a sense, this works….can’t say that the cast is a huge draw, but I’m guessing that it should at least pay for it’s own budget.

  • daftks

    “…though the animation would obviously be CGI.”

    My heart sank a little.

  • Kristján Birnir Ívansson

    So this going to star Bosko and Buddy.

  • I actually like the sound of the plot, been thinking about this as a kid and I’m glad they’re actually doing character and world-building development on this.