Coyote vs. Acme
Directed byDave Green
Screenplay by
Based on
Produced by
CinematographyBrandon Trost
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
CountryUnited States

Coyote vs. Acme is an upcoming American live-action/computer-animated legal comedy film starring the Looney Tunes character, Wile E. Coyote. Produced by Warner Animation Group and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, this film is being directed by Dave Green from a screenplay written by James Gunn (who also serves as a producer), Jeremy Slater, Jon Silberman, Josh Silberman, and Samy Burch, based in part on a short story of the same name by Ian Frazier originally published in The New Yorker. The film is set to star John Cena, Will Forte, Lana Condor, and Eric Bauza.


After all of the ACME Corporation's malfunctioned products consistently backfired on him, in his dogged pursuit of the Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote hires a down-on-his-luck human attorney to sue the company. When Wile E.'s hired lawyer notices that his intimidating boss at his former law firm is representing ACME, they form a friendship and team up to win the court case against him.[2]


Live-action cast

Voice cast


In August 2018, Warner Bros. announced the development of a Wile E. Coyote project, titled Coyote vs. Acme, with The Lego Batman Movie director Chris McKay as producer and Jon and Josh Silberman writing the screenplay.[4] In mid-December 2019, Dave Green signed on to direct the live-action animated hybrid film, while Jon and Josh Silberman were replaced as screenwriters, though they remained as producers.[5] In December 2020, McKay left the project, while Jon and Josh Silberman left their producing roles and returned to screenwriting duties alongside Samy Burch, Jeremy Slater, and James Gunn.[1] Along with the departure of McKay, it was reported that the film would draw inspiration from the fictional New Yorker article of the same name by Ian Frazier.[1] In February 2022, John Cena was announced to have been cast as the film's main antagonist, described as the lawyer in defense of ACME and the former boss to Wile E.'s lawyer; he previously collaborated with Gunn on the DC Extended Universe projects The Suicide Squad (2021) and Peacemaker (2022).[6] The following month, Will Forte and Lana Condor would be added to the cast, with Forte starring as Coyote's lawyer.[7]

Principal photography commenced on April 1, 2022, with cinematographer Brandon Trost.[8] Filming took place in Albuquerque, New Mexico,[9] as the location was known to be an iconic location in numerous Looney Tunes cartoons.[10] Filming wrapped on May 28, 2022.[11]

Animation services were provided by DNEG[12]. In October 2022, Eric Bauza was confirmed to voice Wile E. Coyote.[3] In November 2022, Foghorn Leghorn was confirmed to be in the movie.[13]


Coyote vs. Acme was originally scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on July 21, 2023, by Warner Bros. Pictures.[1] On April 26, 2022, it was taken off the release schedule, with Barbie taking over its original release date.[14] The film had a screening on October 23, 2022.[3]


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  2. ^ Kit, Borys (March 9, 2022). "Will Forte Joins John Cena in Coyote vs. Acme for Warner Bros". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  3. ^ a b c @bauzilla on Tik Tok
  4. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (August 28, 2018). "Warner Bros' Wile E. Coyote Movie Finds Its Scribes In The Silberman Brothers". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 12, 2022.
  5. ^ Donnelly, Matt (December 17, 2019). "Warner Bros.' Wile E. Coyote Movie Sets Dave Green to Direct (Exclusive)". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Archived from the original on December 17, 2019. Retrieved December 18, 2019.
  6. ^ Kit, Borys (February 16, 2022). "John Cena to Star in 'Coyote vs. Acme' for Warner Bros". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 16, 2022.
  7. ^ Kroll, Justin (March 9, 2022). "Will Forte And Lana Condor To Co-Star With John Cena In Looney Tunes Live-Action/Animated Hybrid Pic Coyote Vs. Acme". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 9, 2022.
  8. ^ @@B_TRO (March 21, 2022). "I can confirm that this is true" (Tweet). Retrieved April 15, 2022 – via Twitter.
  9. ^ Kasule, Melissa (February 22, 2022). "Warner Bros.' Coyote vs. Acme set to shoot in New Mexico". Kemps Film and TV Production Services Handbook. Retrieved April 19, 2022.
  10. ^ The Observer (June 9, 2022). "Live-action movie Coyote vs. ACME filmed in ABQ area". Rio Rancho Observer.
  11. ^ mikedfernandez (May 28, 2022). "We wrapped Coyote vs. Acme Sat morning! 📸". Instagram. Retrieved November 1, 2022.
  12. ^ "Coyote vs. Acme - DNEG".
  13. ^ "John Cena on Instagram".
  14. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (April 26, 2022). "Barbie Heads To Summer 2023 – CinemaCon". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 26, 2022.