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Apply Generous Dose Of ACME Franchising Powder...

Merrick here...
Kevin and Dan Hageman have sold their pitch for a film that would expand upon the ACME Warehouse. ACME, for those who don't recall, is the company responsible for many of the outlandish gadgets, devices, and products used in Warner Bros. fantastic LOONEY TUNES animated comedies.
The plan is to make a live-action CG hybrid featuring the many outlandish devices of the company in a tone that recalls the Amblin pics of the 1980s or a Men in Black-style movie.
...reveals THIS piece at THR, which also indicates that the ACME movie "would not feature" LOONEY TUNES characters (although, one would assume "would not feature" doesn't necessarily preculde some sort of cameo...?)
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  • Oct. 26, 2010, 6:22 a.m. CST

    i understood nothing

    by DioxholsterOperationsOutpost

    who are these people?

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 6:26 a.m. CST

    I Figure

    by Peter David

    It's right next door to Warehouse 13.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 6:27 a.m. CST

    by Flibbertygibbet

    I caught Looney Tunes: Back in Action on TV t'other night and am a little ashamed to admit that I sat through the whole thing, despite constantly thinking to myself 'ooh, this doesn't really work'. The cartoons from my childhood - great! Attempts to update them - not so much. Now, The Muppets Christmas Carol on the other hand...

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 6:31 a.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    Everyone agrees that Looney Tunes: Back in Action was not great, yet had its heart in the right place and had a few moments.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 6:38 a.m. CST

    There hasn't been ANY good Looney Tunes stuff...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...since Mel Blanc died. Who Framed Roger Rabbit was the last time anything featuring the Looney Tunes characters accurately captured the anarchic spirit of the original shorts (i.e. anything pre-1960).

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Funny . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . I thought of Kirk Douglas in The Villain before I thought of Roadrunner . . .

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 7:03 a.m. CST

    needs to use the "Powerhouse" song at some point

    by durhay

    here's a link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEuwAh3LFvM

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 7:05 a.m. CST

    Glad to see that Judge Doom fight didn't hurt the warehouse.

    by Chewtoy

    Or that Marvin Acme's murder didn't put them out of business.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 7:18 a.m. CST

    One thing that did make me laugh...

    by Flibbertygibbet

    Was the surprising amount of skimpy outfits in LT:BIA! Something for the dads, clearly!

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 7:43 a.m. CST

    No Will E Coyote?!?!

    by BookhouseBoy

    Im out....

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Wile E Coyote better make an appearance!

    by Lone Fox

    He's ACME's best customer. No-one does the 'resigned to their fate' look like Wile E.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Whoever thought of this

    by lock67ca

    Is a Super Genius! Well, given the quality of most animation/live action hybrids these days, maybe not.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Roger Rabbit

    by KoolerThanJesus

    I thought this movie was already done and was called "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Make it a made for TV mockumentary

    by ricarleite2

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Joe Dante just jizzed his pants.

    by blackmantis

    Sounds like the movie he always wanted to make.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Running Joke

    by MonkMayfair

    Wile E. Coyote should keep showing up at the returns desk, looking like he does at the end of each misadventure: Squashed, burned, blowed up....

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 10:49 a.m. CST

    I actually liked Back in Action

    by room23storeblogspotcom

    It was Space Jam that I didn't like so much.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 11:32 a.m. CST

    I see some funny stuff coming up...

    by DellsDontBounce

    Wile E. Coyote online or on the phone with customer support trying to walk through a troublesome product, Daffy losing his cool in the Returns line (WHAT! I HAVE TO PAY TO SHIP IT BACK FOR REPAIR?) This could be pretty good.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 11:38 a.m. CST

    It's not new news

    by KilliK

    i mean i have read about the idea of an ACME movie a few months ago in Collider.it seems that they have finally sold this idea to the studio.cool.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 11:39 a.m. CST

    sounds like a "Robot Chicken" gag

    by ragingfluff

    dragged out to ninety minutes

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Great idea! Remove everyone's favorite part.

    by kevred

    Hey, instead of the beloved characters which were the whole reason anyone watched the cartoons, let's insert second-rate pop-culture also-rans who can supply lots of irony and sexual double-entendres! Because people today are in a hideous state of immature stasis where childhood nostalgia becomes sexualized and turned into fodder for crude humor! It'll make a couple million dollars profit, and further erode the dignity and artistry of our culture! SOLD!

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Respect the legacy!

    by BradZuhl

    I hope they respect the legacy of those awesome Warner's cartoons created by the super-geniuses of Termite Terrace. Please don't turn it into a Ben Stiller-Night at the Museum crapfest!

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Good idea

    by TheFlyingWasp

    But there should be some kind of reference to the Looney Tunes. I'm interested in the premise.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Brendan Fraser was made for this

    by Quadrillionaire

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Whoever though of this idea's name must be Mud.

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    And Mud spelled backwards is??? <p> Boom, one of Wile E's few speaking roles reference!" </p> <p> Actually it's not that big a deal to me, as long as it's good. At LEAST entertaining... </p>

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 1:16 p.m. CST

    The guy's who do Daffy's voice lately...

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    just isn't getting the exasperated intonation. They have his calm voice ok, but there's no one who could do antagonized to the point of insanity like Mel Blanc.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Let Joe Dante direct

    by Gorgomel

    Looney Tunes Back in Action at last pay some respect to those characters

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST

    This is a GOOD IDEA for a movie

    by Anything But Tangerines

    It sounds funny and has potential. I can't remember the last time I had the urge to respond in this way.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Teabaggers are stupid

    by PTSDPete

    I am never going to get tired saying this fact.Especially in a thread that has nothing to do with what I'm saying. Because it's true.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 9:55 p.m. CST

    No Tunes = First Class w/ no mutants!

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    Who's gonna buy the merchandise?

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 5:06 a.m. CST

    Read as ACME (toy) company

    by LeftFoot

    But it does have the potential to be funny and clever. And sell a lot of toys.