A Speedy Gonzales live-action/animated hybrid is currently in development at Warner Bros., according to ComingSoon.net. The feature film based on the popular Looney Tunes character has been in the works for several years, but is now reportedly on the fast track.
“In Mexico, we grew up watching Speedy Gonzalez,” says actor/filmmaker Eugenio Derbez, who is set to voice the character. “He was like a superhero to us, or maybe more like a revolutionario like Simón Bolívar or Pancho Villa. He watched out for the little people but with a lot of bravado and a weakness for the ladies. I’m really excited to be bringing this character to the big screen. And besides being Mexican— my full name is Eugenio Derbez Gonzalez and I have big ears. The casting couldn’t be better.“
Derbez, who is taking over for the late Mel Blanc, is an accomplished entertainer in Mexico and has experience voicing animated characters such as Donkey in the Spanish-language version of Shrek.
The script was written by Hank Nelken (Saving Silverman). Plot details are scant at this point, but it is being described as an origin story involving a heist caper, with Speedy portrayed as a heroic Robin Hood type. Both English and Spanish versions are in production.
Known as the fastest mouse in Mexico, Speedy is one of the most memorable classic cartoon characters of all time. He has been featured in several projects since the early 2000s, including 2003’s Looney Tunes: Back in Action and Looney Tunes shows and video games. There was a time when Speedy was viewed as a politically incorrect character who reinforced offensive stereotypes. This could be one reason why the movie was not made sooner. Despite such concerns, the character remains much-loved, especially in Latin America.