Warner Bros. is currently negotiating with actor/writer Dax Shepard (Parenthood, the upcoming Chips) to co-direct a Scooby-Doo animated feature with Warner Bros. Animation veteran Tony Cervone (Space Jam animation director, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated supervising producer).
If Shepard joins the film as director, it would follow the existing Warner Animation Group strategy to stunt cast Hollywood personalities with no animation experience as directors of animated features. The studio’s upcoming animated feature, Storks, also includes a co-director with no prior animation directing experience—Nicholas Stoller—who wrote the film’s script.
Shepard is also set to co-write the Scooby screenplay with Matt Lieberman (Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief), while Phineas and Ferb co-creator Dan Povenmire will exec produce. The film is slotted for release on September 21, 2018.