Dax Shepard is in talks to co-direct the “Scooby-Doo” animated film for Warner Bros., an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.
Shepard recently worked on the big-screen take on “CHiPs” for the studio as well. That movie — which he directed, produced and wrote — is looking at a 2017 release.
“Scooby-Doo” will be based on the classic cartoon about the canine and his crime-fighting squad.
Shepard will also co-write the screenplay with Matt Lieberman. Dan Povenmire (“Family Guy”) will executive produce. The film will be produced under the Warner Animation Group banner, which was also responsible for “The Lego Movie.”
Shepard’s other credits include “The Judge,” “This Is Where I Leave You” and “The Boss.”
The studio is looking at a Sept. 21, 2018, release date for “Scooby-Doo.” Warner Bros. executive Jesse Ehrman is overseeing the project. Ehrman also oversaw Shepard’s “CHiPs.”
The original animated TV series, “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” ran from 1969 to 1970 on CBS. It was created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears for Hanna-Barbera Productions.
Shepard is represented by William Morris Endeavor and Brigade Marketing.