Coyote vs. Acme Needs To Be Released One Way Or Another

By Christopher Isaac | Published

Warner Bros. Discovery has been in the news a lot in the last couple of years, and it has typically been for a recurring problem that is making audiences very frustrated: WBD keeps pulling the plug on movies they have developed that are already completed. Coyote vs Acme has been the latest victim, with WBD planning to scrap the movie for a $30 million tax write-off. This has been the last straw for many fans, who now feel the movie needs to be released regardless so that this does not become a common practice in the movie industry.

Coyote Vs Acme Is Being Sacrificed For Tax Breaks

While we certainly do not advocate or encourage attempting to steal any digital property owned by Warner Bros. Discovery, it is understandable why many people are fed up. This is not just about Coyote vs Acme, but rather is the third time recently that WBD has done this. The first two cases infamously started with the near-finished Batgirl movie and then the fully completed animated Scooby-Doo movie Scoob! Holiday Haunt. Fans are baffled and outraged that creators and actors can work on these projects for years to bring them to fruition, see them ready for release, and then just shelved and never seen all for a tax break.

Long-Awaited Returns Have Been Canceled

Prior to The Whale, Batgirl would have marked Brendan Fraser’s big return to films. It also would have featured Michael Keaton returning as Batman prior to The Flash. Similarly, it has been quite a while since we have had a Looney Tunes movie, so Coyote vs Acme would have utilized a well-known property that has not gotten a lot of attention lately. In a movie climate overrun with remakes and reboots, this would have been more original content that fans have been clamoring for.

Written By James Gunn

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It is especially aggravating because there have actually been indications that these are some pretty well-done movies. Coyote vs Acme was written in part by James Gunn, who has done solid work with Guardians of the Galaxy and The Suicide Squad to the point that he is now helming DC’s rebooted movie universe. Coyote vs Acme also has John Cena in it, who is typically well-regarded for his charisma and humor and is coming off major projects like Peacemaker and Fast X.

Fans Are Not Happy With David Zaslav

The decision to start throwing away completed movies has made WBD’s CEO, David Zaslav, not very popular among fans. Many feel something needs to happen to stop this from becoming a normal precedent that other studios start adopting. This is not a case of people just being such huge Looney Tunes fans that they are upset about Coyote vs Acme alone.

Fans and creators alike feel that corporate greed stands to jeopardize the movie industry if this practice is allowed to continue. Some fans are hopeful that a fed-up employee simply leaks the film anyway. Others feel it needs to be legally established that if studios do write off movies in this way, the films should then become public domain.

The Film Was Allegedly Put Up For Auction

To be fair, WBD has shopped Coyote vs Acme around to see if another studio wants to buy it, but there have been no major bites. Regardless, it is understandable why so many are concerned. Actors and writers put years of their lives into projects like this, and to have their finished work disregarded can be argued as quite disrespectful.

Why should actors and crew members continue to work with studios that engage in such behavior when they have to worry that their completed work may never even see the light of day?

We Might Never See The Film

It is unclear what exactly will happen with Coyote vs Acme at this point. But if WBD does decide to ignore the demand for the movie, it is hard not to root for the creators to see their work get shared with the public one way or another.