Another Warner Bros. movie bites the dust.
The studio no longer plans to release “Coyote vs. Acme,” a live action-animation hybrid starring John Cena, which completed filming in 2022. A little over a year ago, Warner Bros. shocked the entertainment industry by shelving the $90 million-budgeted DC adventure “Batgirl,” as well as the kid-friendly “Scoob! Holiday Haunt” as tax write-offs. Those films, as well as “Coyote vs. Acme,” were greenlit by the former regime led by Jason Kilar and intended for HBO Max. His successor, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav has shifted the studio’s priorities back to streaming and felt this film does not fit with the new creative direction of the company. The decision also comes after Bill Damaschke took over Warner Animation Group earlier this year.
“With the re-launch of Warner Bros. Pictures Animation in June, the studio has shifted its global strategy to focus on theatrical releases,” and Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group spokesperson said in a statement. “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.”
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