Cartoon Network will team with Warner Premiere to develop a live-action prequel to the popular Scooby-Doo franchise.
Scooby-Doo: In The Beginning, which will combine live-action and CG animation technology, will debut on the network in fall 2009, according to the Time Warner-owned basic cable network.
The movie will take place prior to the 2002 and 2004 live-action Scooby-Doo films and will follow the Mystery Inc. gang as mismatched, unlikely teenage pals who unite for the first time to solve a scary mystery at their high school.
“This contemporary take on Scooby Doo will be an exciting movie event on Cartoon Network,” said Rob Sorcher, chief content officer for Cartoon Network, in a statement. “This project is also an anchor component of our new push into movies, our great partnership with Warner Premiere and the overall expansion of Cartoon Network programming efforts.”