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Actor Will Forte says it’s over


A verdict appears to have been reached in the Warner Bros. legal comedy “Coyote v. Acme.” Discovery based on the popular Looney Tunes character.

The film will probably never be released, lead actor Will Forte said. in a report on social networks Thursday.

Originally scheduled for a theatrical release last July, the film was reportedly dropped in November last year, according to deadline.

Texas Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro claimed last year that the hiatus was part of a broader trend of shelving films for tax breaks.

“(Warner Bros. Discovery’s) tactic of suppressing fully made films to receive tax breaks is predatory and anti-competitive,” Castro said. wrote on social media in November.

Following fan and industry outrage over the film’s unceremonious fate, Netflix, Amazon and Paramount screened the film and “submitted great offers”, none of which were accepted. The Wrap reported earlier this month.

“When I first heard our film was ‘deleted,’ I hadn’t seen it yet,” Forte wrote, addressing the film’s cast and crew. “So I was thinking what everyone must be thinking: This thing must be a pile of junk. But then I saw it. And it’s incredible.”

The SNL alum referenced the film’s high score among test audiences and lamented the studio’s decision to prematurely end the project.

Red carpet premiere and party for Peacock's new comedy series "MacGruber"
Will Forte attends the premiere of “MacGruber” in Los Angeles, California in December 2021.

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“The people who paid for this movie can obviously do whatever they want with it,” Forte wrote, adding, “That doesn’t mean I have to like it…Or agree with it.”

“Please know that all the years and years of hard work, dedication and love you put into this film are reflected in every frame,” he concluded.

Based on a satirical New Yorker article from 1990 by Ian Frazier, the film stars Forte and John Cena alongside the animated Wile E. Coyote, who is suing Acme Corporation over often-backfired products with which Coyote attempted to capture the Road Runner in the classic cartoons from Looney Tunes.

“Mr. Coyote states that on occasions too numerous to list herein, he suffered accidents with explosives purchased from the defendant,” reads the humorous article, written in the style of a criminal record.

This is the third time that Warner Bros. Discovery is removing a film in its final stages, with “Scoob! Holiday Haunt” and “Batgirl” being reduces the studio’s balance sheet in 2022.

“As the Department of Justice and the FTC review their antitrust guidelines, they should revisit this conduct,” Castro wrote in his November social media post. “As someone pointed out, it’s like burning down a building for the insurance money.”


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