If you, too, were a major Scoobaholic as a child, we have great news for you: adept lady detectives Daphne and Velma are getting their own live-action Scooby-Doo spin-off film. According to Variety, the flick will be produced by Jennifer and Ashley Tisdale (otherwise known as Sharpay Evans) in partnership with Warner Bros. Television Group's Blue Ribbon Content digital studio. Shades of Blue's Sarah Jeffery is set to portray Daphne while Last Man Standing actor Sarah Gilman will play Velma. We couldn't be more excited, but we also have one humble request for good ol' Ashley Tisdale: Can we please do this well?
As much as we loved Velma and Daphne, both ladies (created in ye olde 1969) represented harmful stereotypes. The "nerdy, overlooked smart girl" and the "cute, doted upon, not-so-smart girl" were often pitted against each other in the original Hanna-Barbera series and its many film successors.
The path of least resistance would be to pick up with that same tired dynamic. Thankfully, though, the film's synopsis sounds promising. Refreshingly, Daphne and Velma may be going in a modernized direction, sans "cat fight."
The Tisdales also released a statement promising to tell the girl gang's story from a female perspective:
"Blondie Girl is committed to telling stories from a female perspective and we could not be more thrilled to give Daphne and Velma their own story," wrote Ashley and Jennifer. "It’s so exciting to partner with Warner Home Entertainment and Blue Ribbon Content to introduce a new generation to the smart, charismatic, fearless females that we all know and love."
Warner Bros. seconded the statement, sharing they wanted to provide "a new take" on Daphne and Velma.
Sounds great to us.
Daphne and Velma is already filming, and is slated to release some time in 2018.