The two teen girl sleuth co-stars of the classic Scooby-Doo animated television franchise are getting their own live action feature film. Velma And Daphne has started shooting in Atlanta with Sarah Jeffery (Shades Oof Blue) and Sarah Gilman (Last Man Standing) starring respectively in the title roles.
The film is coming from the production company of actress Ashley Teasdale and her sister Jennifer, Blondie Girl Productions.
According to Variety –
Daphne And Velma tells the story of Daphne Blake and Velma Dinkley before they team up with Scooby and the rest of the Mystery Inc. gang. The mystery-solving teens are best friends but have only met online — until Daphne transfers to Velma’s school, Ridge Valley High, stocked with high-tech gadgetry by the school’s benefactor, tech billionaire Tobias Bloom. While their peers vie for a coveted internship at Bloom’s company, Daphne and Velma try to uncover the reason why the school’s brightest students are disappearing — only to emerge again in a zombie-fied state.
While I am sure that there is probably an automatic negative response that some folks will have to this feature, I really am not bothered by it. One, I was never that big of a Scooby-Doo fan outside of the Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated series that ran on Cartoon Network from 2010 to 2013. But it seems to me that the franchise’s history has been littered with nothing but sequels, prequels and spin-offs from when it first appeared on Saturday mornings on CBS back in 1969. The franchise even famously crossed over into live action before with the two theatrical Scooby Doo films directed by Raja Gosnell and two additional direct-to-video features.