It was reported at the end of last year that Daphne Blake and Velma Dinkley, two of the key players in the world famous Scooby Doo’s Mystery Inc., were due to get their own spin off movie. The film planed to tell the origin story of the two ingenious young women, exploring how they developed their knack for solving mysteries – with a bit of zombie action thrown in.
Starring Sarah Jeffery (Daphne) and Sarah Gilman (Velma), it will tell the stories of how the two girls meet and bond online and get their first chance to connect face to face when Daphne transfers to Velma’s school, Ridge Valley High. While their peers are distracted by the offer of an internship with the school’s billionaire benefactor Tobias Bloom, Daphne and Velma notice that the brightest students are going missing.
Sarah Jeffery (left), Sarah Gilman (right)
At a panel at the Television Critics Association, Ashley and Jennifer Tisdale have revealed a great deal of all new details. The pair are producing the film through their company Blondie Girl Productions and, judging by the way they’ve been discussing it, the project is well underway.
Jennifer said that the film should reach a feature length of approximately “70 to 90 minutes”.
It is being made in partnership with Blue Ribbon and Warner Home Entertainment, which – according to Jennifer – means that “this project, in particular, will have a DVD release. So you will be able to find it outside just your computer.”
Ashley expanded more on the premise of the film, describing the approach that the new project takes to the two fan favourite characters.
“We took the two characters from the Scooby-Doo movie, and we made it a little bit more grounded and contemporary for this audience today,” she said, “But, there’s still some really fun, little winks and nods too.”
Although the feature is generally aimed at “the millennial audience”, Jennifer thinks it has the potential to appeal to “almost all ages”.
“I have an eight-year-old, and she’s really excited to watch it,” she said. “And I think it’s appropriate for her to watch. But also, I’m 36, and I’m super excited to watch it as a fan of the franchise. I think that a lot of people that watched Scooby-Doo in their youth have just really wanted to see more of Daphne and Velma and get to know their stories. So I think it will really appeal to a wide range.”
The film is due to be released later this year.