New Line Cinema is getting ready to make a big screen version of "Speedy Gonzales" and "Garfield" writers Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen are penning the script.
George Lopez is attached to voice Speedy.
The Hollywood Reporter told us that this will be a live-action/CG hybrid feature.
I used to love this cartoon, but isn't it too politically incorrect for our times, albeit racist? I doubt if Speedy's lazy cousin Slowpoke Rodriguez will be featured.
Apparently, New Line is aware of this, so the producers are updating "the brand with a modernized sensibility (it takes place in present day) under what Anne Lopez calls George's "Latino seal of approval." (No need to throw fuel on the fire that serves as an immigration debate in this country.)"
Anne Lopez, one of the producers, told THR that, "Speedy's going to be a misunderstood boy who comes from a family that works in a very meticulous setting, and he's a little too fast for what they do. He makes a mess of that. So he has to go out in the world to find what he's good at."
So Speedy befriends a race-car driver. Problem solved!
This is kinda, sorta interesting, but I'm afraid that Speedy will now be relegated to the "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" world, no?
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