- Dave Green, director of the cancelled Coyote vs. Acme movie, expresses his devastation on Twitter over Warner Bros.’ decision to shelve the finished film.
- The cancellation of Coyote vs. Acme follows a worrying trend in the movie industry of shelving completed movies for potential tax savings.
- Despite the possibility of new management reversing the decision, Dave Green and other affected filmmakers face the devastating impact of their completed work going unseen.
Dave Green, director of the recently cancelled Coyote vs. Acme movie, has responded to the news of Warner Bros. electing to shelve his already-completed movie. Based on the classic Warner Bros. animated character Wile E. Coyote and the fictional ACME corporation, the live-action and animated hybrid movie was set to star John Cena as the ACME Corporation CEO. Originally slated to be released in July 2023, it was previously taken off Warner Bros.’ release schedule, and its slot was assumed by the Barbie movie. More recently, it was reported that Coyote vs. Acme was being shelved indefinitely in favor of a $30 million tax write-off.
Taking to Twitter, Green posted his own statement in response to the news and admitted that he was “beyond devasted” at the decision. Check out his tweet below:
Suggesting that he and his team were determined to honor the legacy of the classic Looney Tunes characters, he had spent the past three years making a movie about the “most persistent, passionate, and resilient character of all time.” He also revealed his pride in the finished product, which he says tested well with audiences.
Why Coyote Vs. Acme’s Cancellation Continues A Worrying Trend
While the movie industry is well known for abandoning projects at various stages of development, until more recently it was practically unheard of for a finished movie to be shelved prior to its release. Instead, often projects will languish in pre-production or be scrapped to save studios from the far more costly production process. However, in August 2022, Warner Bros. Discovery sent shockwaves through the industry when they decided to shelve Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah’s nearly completed Batgirl movie along with the animated Scooby-Doo adventure Scoob! Holiday Haunt.
However, this latest move from Warner Bros. suggests the tactic was not a one-off, and the studio is not shy about shelving other completed movies in favor of attracting potential tax savings. While professionals working in the movie industry would be more than familiar with potential projects being cancelled before they get a chance to make them, Green has now joined a very select group of filmmakers faced with the devastating impacts of seeing their already completed work locked away from the eyes of eager viewing audiences.
Perhaps one day Green’s Coyote vs. Acme will still manage to find a way to be seen by general audiences. With Warner Bros. employees reportedly expecting the studio to be sold to a rival studio, it is possible that with potential new management the decisions which previously saw finished films shelved may eventually be reversed. However, such a hypothetical scenario likely comes as little comfort for Green and his newfound compatriots like El Arbi and Fallah.
The Coyote Vs. AMCE movie drew its inspiration from a 1990 New Yorker article of the same name, and would have seen the eponymous animated character launch legal action against the ACME corporation.
Source: Dave Green/Twitter