There has been a lot of talk amongst fans about the movie, and yet, all we know so far is who’s writing it.
I figured now was just as good a time as any to say what I want to see from it.
This is all pure speculation.
1. No Stunt Casting For The Gang!
We have an amazing cast that have put in the work, and in some cases breathed new life into their characters, and they deserve the shot at the big screen. Before Mindy Cohn, a name many people know, Velma’s personality was still mostly limited to just “smart girl”. But now she has a fiesta “no nonsense” attitude and doesn’t take crap from anybody.
Matthew Lillard has been great as Shaggy and, while he may not be a star of Affleck-esque proportions, he is somebody that the general public recognizes.
As for Grey Delisle and Frank Welker, they have many many loyal fans!
But sadly they aren’t names that everybody know.
As a fan, it would be nice to see that change!
Save the so called “stars” for any and all villains and other supporting roles and cameos.
2. Focus On Music!
I think the now classic rock bands of the 70’s and 80’s, for the most part, have a sound that meshs well with Scooby no matter what year we are currently in. In the live-action theatrical movies they used music from that era but mostly covers that had an updated feel.
Use the original recordings/artists.
For many years now I’ve wanted to hear the Tom Petty song Running Down A Dream in a Scooby episode or movie, this movie would be a great time to do it.
It would be great to have a band like Aerosmith do a cover of the Where Are You them!
This new movie presents a great opportunity to utilize that sound since they’d never spend that much money on a DTV movie.
3. Go Easy On The Romance.
The main downside for me to all of the recent Scooby I’ve seen has been the increased focus on romantic relationships. The first season of SD:MI, Legend Of The Phantosaur, and Curse Of The Lake Monster are all prime examples of this.
The first 4 DTV’s did it perfectly, Fred and Daph were an established couple which eliminated alot of the conflict and the “will they/won’t they” that gets annoying really quickly. Shaggy and Velma had crushes that didn’t overwhelm the main story. The theatrical movies did a decent job as well, though Shaggy and Mary Jane in the first and Velma and Patrick in the second both came close to pushing it to far.
4. No Immediate Worldwide Jeopardy!
Don’t get me wrong, I liked Scooby-Doo, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, and Scooby-Doo: The Mystery Begins immensely, but they all made the same mistake of making the problem to damn big to handle.
The same could be said for Zombie Island, 13 Ghosts, Witches Ghost, and SD:MI, all of which are are favorites of mine. But this is a franchise about 4 teens and their dog, it’s endured for almost 5 decades.
I really don’t think they always have to be up against an undead horde or an army of monsters.
Keep it small and keep it simple.
That’s not to say they can’t use real monsters though.
If there’s one good thing I can say about CotLM it’s that it used real monsters right and didn’t up the ante to astronomical heights. There were only 3 monsters and a leader attacking a small area. Though it could have, we weren’t shown it getting out of hand like in the other 3 movies I mentioned, which makes a big difference. The mere threat of world domination should be enough.
But maybe it would be best to just go with a local crime organization to give us a few different masked villains and a bigger mystery to unravel while still keeping it grounded.
5. Use 2-D Animation.
This one is simple, I much prefer the classic hand drawn look to 3-D CG. Even well done CG animation tends to look cold and dead for human characters. I also have a fear that if they go CG and it goes well they’ll try to stick with it and that is something I definitely don’t want.
So, as we all know, this movie is still a year or two away. But as fans we love to talk, speculate, obsess, and suggest. That’s all I’m doing.