Greg Berlanti gives promising update on Netflix's live-action Scooby Doo series

Slowly but surely, Scooby's making his way to Netflix.
"Fly Me To The Moon" World Premiere
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Scooby Dooby Doo, where are you? Well, according to Greg Berlanti, he's still in the writing stage of development. Back in late April, news erupted that a live-action Scooby Doo series was in the works at Netflix from Berlanti Productions. The prolific producer has now offered an exciting update for fans wondering when Mystery Inc.'s next chapter will hit our watch lists.

One the red carpet for his latest feature directorial effort Fly Me to the Moon, which stars Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum, Berlanti fielded a quick question about the live-action Scooby Doo series from Deadline. The outlet asked him about the status of the series, and he gave the assurance that they're "rocking and rolling" on the upcoming series.

When Deadline inquired if they have gotten to the casting portion of pre-production, Berlanti clarified that they're still in the "script stage, but it's as aggressive as it can be." Translation: The production's moving as fast as they can while hoping to make something great for fans of the iconic property. Berlanti then added, "I think in the next six to eight months we'll be hopefully shooting something."

It's the first major update we have heard on Netflix's forthcoming Scooby Doo live-action series since it was announced this spring to much excitement (and understandable caution) from fans online. However, the series has all the necessary ingredients behind the scenes to be an amazing and worthy addition to the Scooby Doo franchise, and that's even beyond Berlanti's expert eye for TV.

According to Deadline's initial report, the live-action series will be written by Netflix's Cowboy Bebop executive producers Josh Appelbaum and Scott Rosenberg and hails from Warner Bros. Television. Most recently, Netflix collaborated with Warner Bros. Television and Berlanti Productions on the fan-favorite supernatural series Dead Boy Detectives, which still awaits renewal or cancellation.

Even though Berlanti has said that cameras could be rolling on Scooby within six to eight months, which would bring us to early 2025, things can still change on a dime. For instance, the filming start date for Bridgerton season 4 was just pushed back many months. Don't take "six to eight months" as a definite, as Berlanti seems to be providing the best case scenario.

Since casting announcements and an official production timeline still have to be locked down, it's likely too good to be true to assume the live-action Scooby Doo series could make a premiere date in 2025, even if it's an eight-episode series. Production and post-production could take up much of 2025 and lead to a premiere date in 2026. Zoinks! That's a long ways away, but stay patient.

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