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James Gunn Confirms ‘Scooby-Doo’ Was Originally R-Rated

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James Gunn revealed to fans in a Facebook posting to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the live-action adaptation of the 2002 Scooby-Doo film it was originally rated R.

The Guardians of the Galaxy director originally co-wrote the screenplay aiming for a more adult audience since the cartoon was originally conceived in 1969 as Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

“I had loved the character of Scooby-Doo since I was a kid and was excited at the prospect of making a live action film with 2002’s cutting CGI technology(!!) Yes, it was not exactly what we planned going out — I had written an edgier film geared toward older kids and adults, and the studio ended pushing it into an clean cut children’s film. And, yes, the rumors are true — the first cut was rated R by the MPAA, and the female stars’ cleavage was CGI’d away so as not to offend. But, you know, such is life. I had a lot of fun making this movie, regardless of all that. And I was also able to eat, buy a car, and a house because of it.”

Gunn also reveals following the success of the film, he was approached to do other live-action adaptations of Hannah-Barbara cartoons, but opted to write for Zack Snyder for his directorial debut for the 2004 remake of George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead.

“I was offered every movie you can imagine. Like, uh, the Jabberjaw movie, and The Jetsons movie, and the Captain Caveman movie. I was offered tons of money to do all of these things. So, of course, me being me, I chose to write Dawn of the Dead. Go figure out my brain, who knows.”

Scooby-Doo stars Freddie Prinze, Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Linda Cardellini, Matthew Lillard and Isla Fisher and follows the misadventures of a group of investigators along with their talking Great Dane, Scooby-Doo as they try to solve a mystery of abnormal behavior at a resort. Gunn would also write the screenplay for the sequel, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.

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Tom Chang
Sci-fi and technology geek since the NES days, Tom loves everything from the cult classics, the contemporary hits to the beast with two backs that is Disney and Marvel. His life's mission is to be the ultimate nerd savant sitting on the iron throne as CEO of Skynet while masquerading as a vigilante at night wearing hockey pads.


  1. Looking back, I can see why the studio would have wanted to go that route.

    You can see slightly adult jokes in the final product- like when the team switches bodies and Freddie Prinze Jr notes he could get turned on just by looking at himself in the nude (while being trapped in Sarah Michelle Gellar’s body).

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