“Scooby Scooby Doo, where are you?” Regardless of the weekly Saturday morning answer to the actual whereabouts of said Great Dane, it’s safe to say he and his pal Shaggy wouldn’t be anywhere without Daphne Blake and Velma Dinkley. As such, the vital young crimefighters/meddling kids are getting their own feature-length, live-action film, Daphne and Velma.
Not that Daphne didn't have her moments, but to be fair, perhaps it’s more appropriate to say Scooby and Shaggy wouldn’t be anywhere without Velma – who was traditionally the brains behind the whole Mystery Inc. operation. And technically speaking, wasn’t it Fred’s Mystery Machine that really got the young detectives from place to place?
Regardless of how we got here, that’s the old Scooby we’re talking about, which began back in the late ‘60s as a Hanna-Barbera Saturday-morning cartoon, and has morphed multiple times along the way, with follow-up and spin-off animated series, comics, TV specials, made-for-TV movies, straight-to-video films, two Warner Bros. feature films, as well as crossovers with the likes of KISS and Batman
Now, we're getting a whole new take on the franchise. WB’s digital studio Blue Ribbon Content is teaming up with Blondie Girl Productions – described via the press release as focused ”on telling stories for millennial women by millennial women” – to update the property for more modern times. Sarah Jeffrey (Shades of Blue) and Sarah Gilman (Last Man Standing) will take on the roles of Daphne and Velma, respectively.
“We wanted to give the audience a new take on these two familiar faces, who are fan favorites in the Scooby-Doo universe … Daphne and Velma are two iconic and strong female characters, and this latest adventure of theirs will be both inspiring and entertaining for the audience,” said Peter Girardi, Executive Vice President, Blue Ribbon Content & Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, Warner Bros. Animation.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Before their eventual team-up with Scooby and the gang, bright & optimistic Daphne and whip-smart & analytical Velma are both mystery-solving teens who are best friends but have only met online — until now. Daphne has just transferred to Velma’s school, Ridge Valley High, an incredible tech-savvy institute with all the latest gadgets provided by the school’s benefactor, tech billionaire Tobias Bloom. And while competition is fierce among the students for a coveted internship at Bloom Innovative, Daphne and Velma dig beyond all the gadgets and tech to investigate what is causing some of the brightest students in school to disappear — only to emerge again in a zombie-fied state.
Daphne and Velma is currently shooting in Atlanta, and will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in 2018. Will you be grabbing a few Scooby Snacks and checking it out?