Screenwriter James Gunn corroborated on the 15 th anniversary of the 2002 premiere of Scooby-Doo that the film was originally an R-rated comedy.
I had loved the character of Scooby-Doo since I was a kid and was aroused at the prospect of making a live action cinema with 2002 s cutting CGI technology, wrote the 50 -year-old in a lengthy Facebook post. Yes, it was not exactly what we schemed going out I had written an edgier cinema geared towards older kids and adults, and the studio aimed pushing it into a clean cut childrens film.
Scooby-Doo starred Freddie Prinze Jr ., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Linda Cardellini, and Matthew Lillard as Shaggy. Neil Fanning did the voice of the beloved canine.
Gunn added the movie would have looked completely different if he had it his way.
And yes, the rumors are true the first cut was rated R by the MPAA, and the female starrings cleavage was CGId away so as not to offend, he wrote. But, you know, such is life. I had a lot of fun making this movie, regardless of all that. And I was able to eat, buy a automobile, and a home because of it.
While Scooby-Doo objective up becoming a more family-friendly film than what Gunn originally envisaged for his story, he insisted that the casting enjoyed every moment of inducing the movie, even when cameras stopped rolling.
The cast, a few members of the crew, and I, had massive games of Nerf gun tag throughout the house trying to kill each other fours, he told. Truly some of the most fun[ Ive] ever had.
However, Gunn did face another setback once Scooby-Doo was released.
So what do I recollect from 15 years ago? I remember being bummed out that the reviews were pretty terrible, he recollected. These days I might glance at the occasional review( admittedly, mostly only good ones ), but back then I read EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. I also read everything written about the movie online, by, like, anybody, including bulletin board folks. It was kind of a film-self-involvement Ive learned to avoid since, but needless to say it was not an exceptionally good day.
Still, Gunn didnt just receive bad news he described one moment that was one of the best days of my life.
At about 5:30 Saturday morning opening weekend Lorenzo DiBonaventura the head of production at Warners, and one of the ones who gave me my start called me and woke me up at home to tell me we attained 18 million the Friday before. Now that doesnt seem to be all that much today Guardians[ of the Galaxy] will make around that on a Thursday evening alone but back then it was enough to stimulate the movie the biggest June opening ever. Until that moment, I guessed if the movie “re coming out” and didn’t do well I’d be able to continue getting writing tasks, and my life was going to be the same. But in that one single moment I knew everything had changed.”
Gunn would go on to write screenplays for the hitting superhero film series Guardians of the Galaxy.
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