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Warner Bros. to make a film set within Looney Tunes' fictional ACME warehouse

10.26.2010

This one's kind of weird.

THR's Heat Vision is reporting today that WB has bought an original pitch by brothers Kevin and Dan Hageman to build a feature film around the fictional ACME warehouse, birthplace of all the wacky items typically associated with the Looney Tunes world. Thing is, it wouldn't feature any Looney Tunes characters.

"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. It will not feature the Looney Tunes characters."

"The hope now is to build a franchise out of the Warners-owned property."


Sounds a little like Disney's MAGIC KINGDOM and Fox's NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM. Creating a franchise based around a location rather than a particular character would allow for greater freedom in terms of story writing, casting, etc. It's a smart business move, and one that could even yield creative results if approached in the right way. Assuming the right talent was involved, would that be something you'd be interested in seeing here?

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10:34PM on 10/26/2010
I gotta say, I'm at least interested in the concept! Could be a lot of in-gags.
I gotta say, I'm at least interested in the concept! Could be a lot of in-gags.
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1:01PM on 10/26/2010
This is beyond retarded.
This is beyond retarded.
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4:47PM on 10/26/2010
YOU are beyond retarded. You actually made your way back around to dysfunctional genius
YOU are beyond retarded. You actually made your way back around to dysfunctional genius
12:24PM on 10/26/2010
i love it in family guy when wile coyote returns an item to acme with a complaint.........i think this could really work with looney tune cameos
i love it in family guy when wile coyote returns an item to acme with a complaint.........i think this could really work with looney tune cameos
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9:49AM on 10/26/2010
the star needs to be able to carry a film by themselves, and have a comedy style that ppl will expect. like how night at the museum is a Ben Stiller movie, with museum gags. This needs to be a "XXXX" movie, with looney toons gags.
the star needs to be able to carry a film by themselves, and have a comedy style that ppl will expect. like how night at the museum is a Ben Stiller movie, with museum gags. This needs to be a "XXXX" movie, with looney toons gags.
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9:05AM on 10/26/2010

Why exclude the characters?

Political correctness is neither all-good nor all-bad. However, I wonder if PC removes the traditional WB characters from this film. Afterall, Looney Toon DVD collections include now warning labels about stereotypes. So perhaps, the producers consider modern marketability and sensibilities. However, PC may have nothing to do with excluding the characters. Afterall, WB develops Speedy Gonzalez and Pepe Le Pew projects currently. And, Bugs and gang have appeared in the PC-era's Space Jam and
Political correctness is neither all-good nor all-bad. However, I wonder if PC removes the traditional WB characters from this film. Afterall, Looney Toon DVD collections include now warning labels about stereotypes. So perhaps, the producers consider modern marketability and sensibilities. However, PC may have nothing to do with excluding the characters. Afterall, WB develops Speedy Gonzalez and Pepe Le Pew projects currently. And, Bugs and gang have appeared in the PC-era's Space Jam and other films. I am just wondering and considering.
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7:42AM on 10/26/2010

I had a similar idea when I was in my early teens.

Jesus, maybe I've been underestimating my skills all these years. Maybe I'll pull an AWESOME-O and go get a job in Hollywood if this is all it takes. I'm fucking serious too. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not all-out knocking this idea in the dirt, I'm just saying it's not THAT "great" or original.
Jesus, maybe I've been underestimating my skills all these years. Maybe I'll pull an AWESOME-O and go get a job in Hollywood if this is all it takes. I'm fucking serious too. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not all-out knocking this idea in the dirt, I'm just saying it's not THAT "great" or original.
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7:35AM on 10/26/2010
hmm? what would the story revolve around. I don't know if I wanna see an ACME movie without the characters.
hmm? what would the story revolve around. I don't know if I wanna see an ACME movie without the characters.
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7:28AM on 10/26/2010
A great idea to work on but it could end up as a bad movie. And somehow I think Brendan Fraser will star in the movie considering how much he's a Family-Movie friendly nowadays.
A great idea to work on but it could end up as a bad movie. And somehow I think Brendan Fraser will star in the movie considering how much he's a Family-Movie friendly nowadays.
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7:19AM on 10/26/2010
Already reminds me of the ending scene of Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Bob Hoskins with the singing sword FTW!
Already reminds me of the ending scene of Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Bob Hoskins with the singing sword FTW!
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7:05AM on 10/26/2010

Gotta have Wyl-E-Coyote cameo at least!

Without the coyote, ACME would've gone out of business. Sorry, but I'm NOT on board with this without some familiar characters showing up.
Without the coyote, ACME would've gone out of business. Sorry, but I'm NOT on board with this without some familiar characters showing up.
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6:02AM on 10/26/2010

Great Idea

Now bring back those character-free "Products of Tomorrow" cartoons ACME used to produce with the headless people using fake quasi-real household products. You know, the one with the oven that the headless, skinned chicken breaks out of and yells about the temperature. Bring THAT back and I'll be happy.
Now bring back those character-free "Products of Tomorrow" cartoons ACME used to produce with the headless people using fake quasi-real household products. You know, the one with the oven that the headless, skinned chicken breaks out of and yells about the temperature. Bring THAT back and I'll be happy.
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6:27AM on 10/26/2010
Interesting idea for a film. It reminds me of a short story I read called "Neutral Ground" by Mike Resnick, featured in an anthology titled THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF BATMAN. It was about a tailor/weapons dealer who specialized in outfitting the superheroes and supervillains in the Batverse. Very meta. Hopefully they'll go meta with this one.
Interesting idea for a film. It reminds me of a short story I read called "Neutral Ground" by Mike Resnick, featured in an anthology titled THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF BATMAN. It was about a tailor/weapons dealer who specialized in outfitting the superheroes and supervillains in the Batverse. Very meta. Hopefully they'll go meta with this one.
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