It's Batgirl all over again as Warner Bros. scraps ANOTHER popular title before release
Things are a bit rotten at Warner Bros. again as the studio has decided to scrap ANOTHER multi-million dollar movie instead of releasing it.
In 2022, Batgirl was unceremoniously deleted by Warner Bros. despite $90 million being spent on the production up until the point of cancellation.
Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav later explained that the studio ultimately did not "believe" the movie would succeed after seeing an initial cut, while Scoob! Holiday Haunt was also cancelled for a little bit cheaper.
The official premise read:
'After all of the products made by Acme Corporation backfire on Wile E. Coyote, in his pursuit of the Road Runner, he hires an equally-unlucky human attorney to sue the company. When Wile E.'s lawyer finds out that his former law firm's intimidating boss is ACME's CEO, he teams up with Wile E. to win the court case against him.'
It was a mix of animation and live-action, akin to Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Sounds fun, right?
Not fun enough for Warner Bros. as despite a positive reaction from an early test screening, they recently announced the movie would not be released.
"With the re-launch of Warner Bros. Pictures Animation in June, the studio has shifted its global strategy to focus on theatrical releases," a statement read.
"With this new direction, we have made the difficult decision not to move forward with Coyote vs Acme. We have tremendous respect for the filmmakers, casts, and crew, and are grateful for their contributions to the film,”
What makes this arguably even worse is that Coyote Vs. Acme is a completed movie, but Warner Bros. decided to take a $30m tax break rather than spending money to distribute it.