Blue Ribbon Content, the digital studio of Warner Bros. Television Group, announced today that it is currently in production on Daphne and Velma, a live-action feature-length film that reimagines the origins of the two female characters from the classic animated series Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
Currently in production, the film is shooting in Atlanta, and will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in 2018.
Sarah Jeffery (Shades of Blue) and Sarah Gilman (Last Man Standing) will portray Daphne and Velma, respectively.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Before their eventual team-up with Scooby and the gang, bright & optimistic Daphne and whip-smart & 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, an incredible 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.
The project is being produced by Ashley and Jennifer Tisdale through their production company Blondie Girl Productions, which focuses on “telling stories for millennial women by millennial women.” Suzi Yoonessi (Olive and Mocha: First Kiss, Dear Lemon Lima) directs from a script by Kyle Mack and Caitlin Meares. Yoonessi also produces along with the Tisdales, Amy Kim, and Jaime Burke.
“We wanted to give the audience a new take on these two familiar faces, who are fan favorites in the Scooby-Doo universe,” said Peter Girardi, executive v-p of Blue Ribbon Content and executive v-p, alternative programming, Warner Bros. Animation. “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.”
Daphne and Velma first appeared in the 1969 Saturday morning cartoon Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions.