The legendary squabble between Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner is now being given new life at Warner Bros.
The iconic rival duo of the Looney Tunes universe, Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, are coming to the big screen.
The cartoon characters are known for their cat-and-mouse game, with Coyote always trying to catch the ever-evasive Road Runner. The two characters made their first appearance in Fast and Furry-ous (1949). Coyote hardly ever manages to capture the bird and instead suffers from his own traps as they backfire and end up causing him more trouble in the most slapstick ways possible. But Coyote does not give up and continues to use endless contraptions from Acme Corporation to capture the bird who "Beep Beeps" away at lightning speed.
This legendary squabble is now being given new life at Warner Bros. with Coyote vs. Acme.
It is well-known that Coyote goes through a lot of trouble to capture Road Runner. He must have spent a great deal on the traps he gets from Acme. But he has never been able to get the bird. Must be frustrating to be Wile E. Author Ian Frazier fictionalized Coyote's frustration in an article for The New Yorker in 1990 titled, "Coyote v. Acme." In this imaginative piece, Frazier writes about how Coyote decides to file a lawsuit against the Acme Corporation, which has provided him with various devices and tools to aid his pursuit of Road Runner. But these devices have more often than not malfunctioned, leading to his humorous blunders, injuries, and failure to capture Road Runner.
The upcoming film is based on this interesting take on the Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner saga. The film is set to be a live-action-animation hybrid. It will be very much like the Tom & Jerry 2021 film that included the world of animation colliding with the real world.
John Cena is cast in the upcoming film. He will play as an intimidating former boss of a lawyer hired by Wile E. to sue ACME. There has been no mention of voice actors for the two protagonists, who anyway don't use a lot of words. Coyote uses signs to express himself.
The film will be directed by Dave Green (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows) with a screenplay by James Gunn, Jeremy Slater, Jon Silberman, Josh Silberman, and Samy Burch, as reported by Comicbook. Gunn will also be producing the film along with Chris DeFaria.
The film is now set to open in theaters on July 21, 2023. Warner Bros. studio has confirmed that the film will be released theatrically only, and there will most likely not be a simultaneous theatrical/HBO Max release like the other films from the studio.