Warner Bros. Pictures announced a trio of feature releases set for 2023, including Warner Animation Group’s latest big screen revamp of a cartoon classic: Coyote vs. Acme, based on the Wile E. Coyote character and his go-to gadget co. from the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies misadventures.
Set to rocket into theaters on July 21, 2023, Coyote vs. Acme is being directed by Dave Green (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Earth to Echo) from a screenplay by James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy franchise), Jeremy Slater (The Umbrella Academy), Jon Silberman & Josh Silberman (Bordertown) and Samy Burch. Producers are animation veteran Chris deFaria of Keylight, and James Gunn of Two Monkeys, A Goat and Another, Dead, Monkey.
In addition to the classic cartoons, the movie’s story is based on Ian Frazier’s fictional article for New Yorker, “Coyote v. Acme.”
Created by Chuck Jones and Michael Maltese, Wile E. Coyote first appeared in September of 1949 in the Looney Tunes short Fast and Furryous, the first of 49 cartoons in which the desperate carnivore tries to snag Road Runner with elaborate traps and weaponry ordered from Acme. Both characters were most recently voiced by Eric Bauza (Looney Tunes: World of Mayhem game) and J.P. Karliak (New Looney Tunes series).
WB also dated George Miller’s Furiosa prequel for June 23, 2023, and director Blitz Bazawule’s (Black Is King) take on The Color Purple musical for December 20, 2023.