Warner Bros are said to be in the early stages of producing a Speedy Gonzales movie, with the aim of bringing the animated Mexican mouse who dates back to 1955 to the big screen.
‘The Fastest Mouse In All Of Mexico’ has been on the verge of being made into a movie before, with a version of the speedy mouse working together with a nervous racing driver looked at in 2010, according to Empire.
Deadline are now reporting the revival of the movie concept, with “Dylan Sellers via Rivers Edge Films and Eugenio Derbez and Ben Odell via their 3pas Studios” involved in a production that is expected to be produced in both English and Spanish versions.
The development is said to have a working title of Speedy.
Sellers told Deadline “We see this as an origin story of the great master, like a Robin Hood character, who ultimately ends up taking from the rich and giving to the poor,” said Sellers. “In a time when Donald Trump is gaining momentum, the world needs Speedy more than ever.”
The character is not without controversy, however: Cartoon Network gained the rights to run the Speedy cartoons in 1999 but shelved the animation for a period instead, citing ethnic stereotypes. A disclaimer the Loony Tunes Golden Collection DVD reads:
“The cartoons you are about to see are products of their time. They may depict some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that were commonplace in American society. These depictions were false then and are still false today. While the following does not represent the WB view of society, these cartoons are being presented as they were originally created, because to do otherwise would be the same as to claim these prejudices never existed.”