Zoinks! Has someone been pushing Scooby snacks in Hollywood? That would explain the way everyone has suddenly gotten all worked up over Scooby-Doo. Indeed, everyone’s favorite ghost-sniffing hound is suddenly an A-lister. Last week, a spokesperson for Mike Myers confirmed that the comedian will script and possibly star in a live-action Scooby-Doo feature for Warner Bros. (Reps for the studio were unaware of the project.) In the meantime, Warner will release the Great Dane’s direct-to-video Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island in September. And you want street cred? Zombie Island will feature alt-rockers Third Eye Blind doing a cover of the familiar theme song.
“Scooby-Doo had great comedy, rock music, and it starred teenagers,” says Mike Lazzo, senior programming and production VP at the Cartoon Network. “That’s why it’s lasted.” Lazzo points out that reruns of the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? (1969-72) were the network’s highest-rated program for the first quarter of 1998. And Scooby’s Q-rating makes him top dog at the net, ahead of even Fred Flintstone. As for casting, it’s too early for real names—but we’d love to see Denise Richards as danger-prone Daphne, Matthew McConaughey as blond, bland Fred, and Janeane Garofalo as dweeby Velma. And here’s some more free advice, from Casey Kasem, the original Shaggy: “Keep it light and be true to the characters.” As Scooby would say: “Rrhat’s right, Raggy!”