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Warner Bros. Has Canceled Yet Another Completed Film

Warner Bros. Has Canceled Yet Another Completed Film

You may have already heard about the cancellation of the upcoming live-action/animation Looney Toons movie “Coyote vs. Acme”. It would have followed the titular character Wile E. Coyote going to court to sue the Acme Corporation since none of their products have helped him catch the Roadrunner. The only problem is that the lawyer he hires seems to be just as unlucky as him. It starred Will Forte, John Cena and Lana Condor. The announcement came soon after the company revealed their plans to “re-launch” Warner Bros. Animation. The studio said that they are now trying to prioritize theatrical releases over releasing films directly to streaming services. “With this new direction, we have made the difficult decision to not move forward with “Coyote vs. Acme”, a Warner Bros. Motion Picture spokesperson said. According to other sources, the studio will be taking a $30 million tax write-off for pulling the plug on the film. Fans have been rallying in an effort to get other studios or platforms to pick up the movie since. The hashtag #ReleaseCoyoteVsAcme has been trending on social media for the past few weeks in an attempt to save the scrapped film. And while this seems like a one-time thing for Warner Bros., this isn’t even the first time they’ve canceled an entire completed movie. Last year, the long-anticipated DC film Batgirl was canceled as a result of a cost-cutting strategy. They cited the $90 million it took to originally make the film as another tax write-off. Since then the studio has scrapped a nearly completed Scooby Doo holiday special titled “Scoob! Holiday Haunt”. Although the film had yet to be finished, producers said that it had been nearly complete. Warner Bros. has also mysteriously removed the completed Salem’s Lot movie from their release schedule. Whether or not this movie will ever see the light of day is currently unknown. The film is based on the 1975 horror novel of the same name. The author of the book, Stephen King, said that he is also unsure of why the movie has yet to be released to the public, as he himself has already seen it. Other people have certainly taken notice of what’s happening, and now Warner might be the subject of a federal investigation. Congressman Joaquin Castro said that “(Their) tactic of scrapping fully made films for tax breaks is predatory and anti-competitive.” and  “As someone said, it’s like burning down a house for insurance money.”  And while a real reason for not releasing all these movies hasn’t yet been found, one can only wonder why Warner Bros. keeps putting their own projects on the chopping block. And what poor film will be next?

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Jaidyn Abner
Jaidyn Abner, Staff Reporter
I’m Jaidyn, I’m 16 years old and I’m a sophomore at Gloucester High School. This is my firsttime taking journalism, and I took it so I can write about what I love. I moved here from Oregonabout 4 years ago now, and while I do enjoy Virginia and cherish the connections I’ve madehere, a part of me will always miss the pacific northwest. After high school I plan to go to collegeto study either sequential art, animation, or film/screenwriting.

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