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In the past few years, Warner Bros. has been working hard to up its animation game. It started when the LEGO franchise became a thing, but they've also made titles like Storks and the upcoming Smallfoot. Now it looks like they are making a big step forward with one of their biggest properties - the Looney Tunes - as Wile E. Coyote is getting his own film.
We've been hearing about a project of this ilk for a while now (Steve Carell was circling it four years ago, and development talks started back in 2010), but now it appears that it is ready to try and get into high gear. The film will be titled Coyote Vs. Acme, and according to Variety it will be an animated movie produced by LEGO Batman director Chris McKay. Brothers Jon and Josh Silberman, whose credits mostly include television shows like It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia and Bordertown, are now on board to write the script.
Unfortunately, official details about what we can expect from Coyote Vs. Acme end there - though those familiar with Looney Tunes surely know the connection between Wile E. Coyote and the titular company, and may be able to glean something about the plot from the title. In his hopes of catching the Roadrunner, the carnivore regularly makes use of the conglomerate's various products - but the traps are notorious for backfiring and causing major bodily harm. After years of being injured, it's possible that Coyote will turn his attention from his feathered target to the business that has left him with hundreds of extreme injuries.
It's been quite a while since audiences got to see the Looney Tunes characters back in action on the big screen in feature form (it was literally 2003's Looney Tunes: Back In Action), but hopefully this project will end the drought and deliver. If it does, and it's successful, the potential is endless for the franchise, as Warner Bros. could use it and the LEGO movies as pillars to build one of the strongest brands in the world of animated films.
The only negative here is that it will probably be a long time before we actually see Coyote Vs. Acme - provided it stays on track from this point forward. Animated features take years to get made, not only because of the creative process implemented, but because it takes thousands of hours to render all of the material. As such, audiences definitely shouldn't expect to see this film in its finished form until some point in the 2020 decade.
That being said, we will be keeping a close eye on this project as it develops, as it's potential concept is awesome. Be on the lookout for more updates about Coyote Vs. Acme, and head over to our release calendar to see all the movies that actually will soon be making their way to a theater near you.