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Warner Bros. taps Tim Story and Chris Columbus to revive Tom & Jerry and Scooby Doo

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Ride Along director Tim Story has entered talks with Warner Bros. to direct a new live-action/animated hybrid feature intended to revive the Tom & Jerry brand.

Intriguingly, the project will mark the first of three animation-based projects the studio hopes will reframe their iconic Hanna Barbera and Looney Tunes brands into powerhouses akin to their own Harry Potter and LEGO cinematic brands. The intention, reportedly is for Tom & Jerry to shoot in 2019, with the long-gestating Space Jam sequel to follow.

Starring LeBron James, Terence Nance will direct the Space Jam sequel, with the third project reported to be the new Scooby-Doo animated feature – for which Warners have brought Harry Potter producer Chris Columbus onboard as creative producer. Tony Cervone will direct.

Intriguingly, the studio is said to be focused on fostering a collaboration between their animation and live-action teams for this new initiative – a unification not unheard of, but relatively uncommon within other studios. With Warner Bros. however one of the few studios to produce their own internal animated works, the venture marks a niche only Disney could really otherwise exploit.

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