New ‘Looney Tunes’ movie in the works from ‘Harry Potter’ producer

Bugs Bunny and the gang will star in a new movie co-produced by 'Harry Potter' honcho David Heyman

A new movie starring the Looney Tunes cartoon characters is in the works.

The film will mix live action with computer-generated depictions of Looney Tunes favourites such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird, Porky Pig and Wile E. Coyote. The characters last appeared on the big screen in 2003’s Looney Tunes: Back In Action, a less successful sequel to 1996’s Space Jam, in which they shared scenes with basketball star Michael Jordan.

The new Looney Tunes movie will be co-produced by David Heyman, the English film executive who won the rights to the Harry Potter series in 1999 and went on to produce all eight movies. The project, which is being conceived as a reboot, has no confirmed title or director yet.

However, US comedian Jenny Slate has been hired to write the script. Slate has a diverse CV including a stint on US variety show Saturday Night Live and a role in last year’s movie sequel Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. She also co-wrote and voiced an award-winning children’s film short called Marcel The Shell With Shoes On that has racked up over 18 million views on YouTube.

The Looney Tunes franchise began as a series of cartoon shorts screened before movies in the 1930s before debuting on TV in the 1950s. The characters have since appeared in everything from video games to theme park rides.