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

Coyote vs. Acme is an upcoming American live-action/computer-animated legal comedy film produced by Warner Animation Group and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It will be directed by Dave Green from a screenplay written by James Gunn, Jeremy Slater, Jon Silberman, Josh Silberman, and Samy Burch. The film is set to star John Cena, Will Forte, and Lana Condor.

Premise

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 ACME. 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]

Cast

Production

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.[3] 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.[4] 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).[5] The following month, Will Forte and Lana Condor would be added to the cast, with Forte starring as Coyote's lawyer.[6]

Principal photography commenced on April 1, 2022, in Albuquerque, New Mexico,[7] with cinematographer Brandon Trost.[8] Animation services will be provided by DNEG.[9]

Release

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.[10]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Rubin, Rebecca (December 23, 2020). "Warner Bros. to Release 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Prequel and 'The Color Purple' Musical in Theaters in 2023". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Archived from the original on December 24, 2020. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  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. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Kit, Borys (February 16, 2022). "John Cena to Star in 'Coyote vs. Acme' for Warner Bros". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 16, 2022.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ @@B_TRO (March 21, 2022). "I can confirm that this is true" (Tweet). Retrieved April 15, 2022 – via Twitter.
  9. ^ "Coyote Vs. Acme - DNEG".
  10. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (April 26, 2022). "Barbie Heads To Summer 2023 – CinemaCon". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 26, 2022.