Warner Bros. executives reportedly intended to drop an anvil on Coyote vs Acme by erasing it forever
It is reported that Warner Bros. Discovery breaks up and cancels Coyote vs. Acme forever after failing to sell a movie to an interested studio.
I have to sit down, like the Stick girl backups are real, folks. Another unreleased film could get the ax as Warner Bros. is rumored to be Discovery scrapes and ditches the animated live-action hybrid Coyote vs. Acme after plans to get a buyer failed.
according to The Wrap, Warner Bros. refused. offers from Amazon, Netflix, and Paramount, with Paramount proposing a theatrical release for the film, which Warner Bros. The report says WB wanted $70-$80M for Coyote vs. Acme and refused to entertain counter-offers. Adding salt to the hill, The Wrap claims that WB executives, including President David Zaslav, failed to see the final cut of the film, painting the move to scrap the project as ill-advised and not knowing about the quality of the project. The report also states that two executives, CEOs, and co-chairmen of Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group, Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy, screened the “director’s cut” of the film. Meanwhile, the president of Warner Bros.
Addressing the report, Carsten Kurpanek, who helped edit Coyote vs. Acmelashed out at them on Twitter while revealing the film’s themes at the same time, saying, “Coyote vs. Acme it’s about a large corporation choosing stock over compassion, doing nothing “illegal” but morally shady stuff for profit. It is a David vs Goliath story. It’s about the vile and nasty cruelty of capitalism and corporate greed. No wonder Warner doesn’t want to #releaseCoyoteVsACME.”
#CoyoteVsAcme it’s about a big corporation choosing stock over compassion, doing nothing “illegal” but morally shady stuff for profit. It is a David vs Goliath story. It’s about the vile and nasty cruelty of capitalism and corporate greed.
No wonder Warner doesn’t want to… pic.twitter.com/ck0JSdGLFt
— Carsten Kurpanek (@Kurpanek) February 9, 2024
“With the relaunch of Warner Bros. Pictures Animation in June, the studio has shifted its global strategy to focus on theatrical releases,” a WB Motion Picture Group spokesperson said in November. “With this new guidance, we have made the difficult decision not to move forward with it Coyote vs. Acme. We have the utmost respect for the filmmakers, actors and crew, and are grateful for their contributions to the film.”
Coyote vs ACME it had a production budget of $70 million, giving Warner Bros. an estimated $30 million. It is reported that Warner Bros. is not worth the cost. release the film in theaters or accept offers made by major studios.
Director Dave Green took to X / Twitter in November to comment on Warner Bros.’ decided to put his film in the cellar. “For three years, I was lucky enough to make a movie about Wile E. Coyote, the most persistent, passionate and enduring character of all time,” he wrote. “I had a great team around me, who poured their souls into this project for years. We were all determined to honor the loyalty of these historical characters and get them right. On the way, the test audience gave us good prizes. I’m more proud of the end result, and beyond disappointed by WB’s decision. But in the spirit of Wile E. Coyote, tolerance and persistence will win the day.”
What do you think of the Warner Bros. Discovery screening? Coyote vs. Acme and refusing to negotiate with a studio for proper publication? Do you believe the details about operators not screening the film before deciding on such a big step? Let us know in the comments section below.