After Warner Bros. announced that they would scrap the upcoming Coyote Vs. Acme movie for a tax write-off, the project is now confirmed to be screening for other potential buyers, according to Puck. One potential buyer in the mix is Amazon.
Coyote Vs. Acme follows the story of Looney Tunes icon Wile E. Coyote taking legal action against the ACME corporation after the items he purchased failed to work on the pesky Road Runner time after time.
Director Dave Green is showing the movie around to potential buyers, saving the film from being the third in a line of scrapped films from Warner Bros. The first and second film to receive this treatment was Batgirl and Scoob! Holiday Haunt.
As the Hollywood Reporter states, once Batgirl and Scoob! got shelved, many of the filmmakers working at the studio started a text chain, which also served as a support group at the same time. The initial cancellation of this film came as an even bigger shock to the group since Warner stated that the previous times were never meant to happen again and served as a singular occurrence.
“Coyote vs. Acme is a great movie,” the director/writer for the project, BenDavid Grabinski, had to say. “The best of its kind since [Who Framed] Roger Rabbit … The leads are super likable. It’s beautifully shot. The animation is great. The ending makes everyone fucking cry. I thought the goal of this business was to make hit movies?”
While it’s still unclear where the decision came from, Deadline picked apart where and why a film such as this would be cut and for what reasons. They pointed out studios still take write-downs on already completed films that still wind up getting released, such as Paramount’s Monster Trucks.
Deadline also points out that, while the decision made on Batgirl and now Coyote Vs. Acme could be a beneficial financial decision, but the choice to do these to films that have already been in production for a long time, be it finished or close to, looks cheap to those who worked on the project.
Similarly, Hollywood Reporter states that veteran film executives know that shelving a film for a tax write-off could look good in the earnings, but it hinders the studio’s chance at building a franchise.
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