Speedy Gonzales, the fastest mouse in all of Mexico, may be on its way to the big screen. Warner Bros. has been trying to get its Looney Tunes characters back on the big screen.
The company is presently developing an animated heist film that will star Speedy Gonzales.
Once a staple for kids growing up in the 1960s, the beloved Looney Tunes mouse can run faster than any ca while crying out Arriba! Arriba! Andale! Andale!
“In Mexico we grew up watching Speedy Gonzales,” Derbez said.
The script is currently being written by Hank Nelken (Saving Silverman), says Gizmodo. If the movie is made then, “Speedy” — the working title — will be released in both English and Spanish.
Derbez also said that besides being Mexican, his full name is Eugenio Derbez Gonzalez and he has big ears.
“The casting couldn’t be better,” Derbez added.
Derbez began as a character in another cartoon. That is when animators Friz Freleng and Hawley Pratt introduced him in an short animation film of his own in 1955.
The legendary Mel Blanc voiced the mouse back then. The short film which also featured Looney Tunes’ Sylvester the Cat.
It ended up winning the Academy Award for best short subject.
The project will be produced by Dylan Sellers via Rivers Edge Films and Derbez and Ben Odell via their 3pas Studios.
“We see this as an origin story of the great master, like a Robin Hood character, who ultimately ends up taking from the rich and giving to the poor,” said Sellers. “In a time when Donald Trump is gaining momentum, the world needs Speedy more than ever.”
Earlier, Derbez is known to have voiced animation. His notable work was Donkey in the Spanish-language version of “Shrek.”