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Scoob! 2 Just Finished Production Despite Being Canceled Months Ago

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Scoob! Holiday Haunt has wrapped production despite being canceled by Warner Bros. Discovery in August.

Writer Tony Cervone announced the film’s completion on Instagram. “Well, we finished this thing today. A bittersweet conclusion for sure,” he wrote in the caption. “I really hope you get a chance to see it somehow. It’s a good one. I want to congratulate the directors [Michael Kurinsky] and [Bill Haller] for doing an outstanding job. They understand the characters, comedy and spooky thrills so well. Thanks to [co-writer Paul Dini] for writing it with me. Thanks to [Mitchell Ferm] for producing it with me. Thanks to our head of story [John Dusenberry] and our Director of Layout [Stephen Childers], and to [Terry Han] for keeping me somewhat on time.” Cervone also thanked the film’s voice cast, which included Iain Armitage, McKenna Grace, Ariana Greenblatt, Pierce Gagnon and Frank Welker.

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Scoob! Holiday Haunt, the animated sequel to 2020’s Scoob!, was canceled by Warner Bros. Discovery in August. A reason for the cancellation was not provided at the time, though it was one of the first projects to be axed by the company along with Batgirl in what would be a slew of cancellations, layoffs and restructuring. Cervone, who directed 2020’s Scoob!, announced in July 2021 that a sequel to was in development.

Scoob! Holiday Haunt Wraps Filming

Despite earning an initial professional critics’ score of 49% on Rotten Tomatoes, Scoob! was ultimately successful with home audiences, topping digital rental charts nationwide in the first three weekends of its release. Scoob! starred the voices of Frank Welker as Scooby Doo, Zac Efron as Fred Jones, Gina Rodriguez as Velma Dinkley, Will Forte as Shaggy, Amanda Seyfried as Daphne Blake, Tracy Morgan as Captain Caveman, Ken Jeong as Dynomutt, Kiersey Clemons as Dee Dee Sykes, Mark Wahlberg as Brian and Jason Isaacs as Dick Dastardly.

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The merger between Warner Bros. and Discovery in April has resulted in several changes to the company, including layoffs, the removal of Warner Bros. titles from the streaming service and the cancelation of upcoming HBO Max exclusives like Batgirl. However, Warner Bros. Discovery president and CEO David Zaslav revealed plans to expand HBO Max’s content library overall, focusing on increased “content” and overall “quality.” It has also been reported that the streaming service’s recent content purge saved the company “tens of millions of dollars.”

HBO and HBO Max lost 70 employees, 14% of its staff, in a wave of layoffs in August, including high-level executives. Further reports suggest that the downsizing and restructuring are part of Zaslav’s efforts to save $3 billion after the company’s net loss of $3.4 billion in the merger. In October, the company issued another 82 layoffs from Warner Bros. Television Group across its unscripted and animation departments.

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