|Coyote vs. Acme|
|Directed by||Dave Green|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
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.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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). The following month, Will Forte and Lana Condor would be added to the cast, with Forte starring as Coyote's lawyer.
Principal photography commenced on April 1, 2022, with cinematographer Brandon Trost. Filming took place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as the location was known to be an iconic location in numerous Looney Tunes cartoons. Filming wrapped on May 28, 2022.
Animation services were provided by DNEG. In October 2022, Eric Bauza was confirmed to voice Wile E. Coyote. In November 2022, Foghorn Leghorn was confirmed to be in the movie.
Coyote vs. Acme was originally scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on July 21, 2023, by Warner Bros. Pictures. On April 26, 2022, it was taken off the release schedule, with Barbie taking over its original release date. The film had a screening on October 23, 2022.