Cartoon Network and Warner Premiere have announced the start of production on SCOOBY-DOO: IN THE BEGINNING, an all-new, live-action prequel that will be debut on the network fall 2009 to coincide with the DVD release. This original movie will commence principal photography on August 4, 2008 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
SCOOBY-DOO: IN THE BEGINNING is set prior to the 2002 and 2004 live-action Scooby-Doo films. The newest entry in the popular franchise finds the Mystery Inc. gang, a mismatched quartet of unlikely teenage pals, uniting for the first time to solve the haunting of their high school. The film is a co-production between Warner Premiere and Cartoon Network. Warner Home Video will be the home entertainment distributor.
Brian Levant (THE FLINTSTONES, BEETHOVEN) will direct, Brian Gilbert (THE DEATHS OF IAN STONE) will produce and the Altiere Brothers (DOCTOR DOLITTLE, GOIN' HOLLYWOOD) wrote the script.
The live-action cast is headed by Rob Amell (LIFE WITH DEREK, CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN 2) as Freddy along with relative newcomers Kaitlyn Melton as Daphne, Hayley Alcroft as Velma and Nick Palatas as Shaggy.
Scooby-Doo will appear via computer-generated animation (courtesy of Animation Picture Company), and his voice will be provided by Frank Welker. Welker was a core member of the original SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? cast as the voice of Freddy. He has preformed voiceover work in more than 500 animated television series spanning thousands of episodes, and is regarded as the preeminent voiceover specialist for animals and obscure sounds in Hollywood.
An animated creation from the legendary Hanna-Barbara studios, SCOOBY-DOO represents one of the longest-running, most-beloved franchises in cartoon history. Starting with SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? in 1969, the awkward, snack-craving Great Dane and his four unique pals have been solving mysteries through 10 televisions series (spanning nearly 300 episodes), seven TV specials/telefilms and 11 made-for-video films (with No. 12, SCOOBY-DOO AND THE GOBLIN KING, arriving in September 2008).