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John Cena's Coyote vs. Acme movie lives! Or, at least, it's for sale

It seems that even studios can change their minds

Still animated image of Wil E Coyote
Image credit: Warner Bros

Updated: November 13, 2023

After a hefty amount of industry complaint about Warner Bros' pulling their full completed Coyote vs. Acme film from release, Warner Bros has now decided that they will, actually, sell the film. Well, to be more specific, they're allowing director Dave Green to shop the movie around to those potential buyers we had heard about, The Hollywood Reporter reports.

Last week, THR announced that Warner Bros had pulled from release a finished film that was meant to be a live action/CGI hyrbid with John Cena as its star, even though the production finished filming a year ago.

Coyote vs. Acme was originally greenlit in 2020 as a production for the now-defunct streaming service HBO Max. It had Dave Green as its director and DC Studios co-chair James Gunn both working on the story and as a producer.

A WB Motion Picture group spokesperson said in a statement, “With the re-launch of Warner Bros. Pictures Animation in June, the studio has shifted its global strategy to focus on theatrical releases... With this new direction, we have made the difficult decision not to move forward with Coyote vs Acme. We have tremendous respect for the filmmakers, casts, and crew, and are grateful for their contributions to the film.”

Coyote vs. Acme director Dave Greene took to Twitter with a statement that reads, "For three years, I was lucky enough to make a movie about Wile E. Coyote, the most persistent, passionate, and resilient character of all time... I am beyond proud of the final product, and beyond devastated by WB’s decision. But in the spirit of Wile E. Coyote, resilience and persistence win the day.”

It is good to know now that Wile E. will likely see the light of day, possibly over at Prime Video. Warner Bros. Pictures Animation has made it clear that they are turning their attention away from streaming and towards features for the big screen, and yet, with all this pivoting, who really knows what's going to happen next?

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