Speedy Gonzalez Movie on the Way with George Lopez Voicing Lead Role
02.24.10 by REELZ
New Line Cinema has announced that it will make a live-action/CGI adaptation of Speedy Gonzalez, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Comedian George Lopez has been signed to voice the hyperactive, fast-talking rodent, who was first introduced by Looney Tunes in the 1950s.
Before you fear that Hollywood's remake bug has taken a very racist turn — Speedy Gonzalez is just one of a slew of older cartoon characters that would fail today's PC standards miserably — producer Anne Lopez has said the new Speedy will be nothing like the old and will carry the "Latino seal of approval."
We wanted to make sure that it was not the Speedy of the 1950s — the racist Speedy. Speedy's going to be a misunderstood boy who comes from a family that works in a very
meticulous setting, and he's a little too fast for what they do. He makes a mess of that. So he has to go out in the world to find what he's good at.
Wait ... a rodent who is unappreciated by his family and has to leave to find his way? Wasn't that Ratatouille?
Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen (not Coen), who co-wrote the 2004 Garfield movie, will pen the script. No release dates or other casting decisions have been announced.