HBO Max has announced development of a new Scooby-Doo animated series titled Velma. The series will be an origin story for Velma Dinkley, a member of the Mystery Inc. gang, with Mindy Kaling (The Office) voicing the character in the 10-episode series. The announcement comes as HBO Max is making a bigger push in animation, such as with their two-season order of the Clone High revival.
“It is a tremendous privilege to build on the 100 year plus legacy of ‘cartoons’ at this company,” said Suzanna Makkos, HBO Max’s EVP of Original Comedy and Adult Animation. “We can draw a straight line from our hundreds of childhood hours spent watching Bugs outwit Elmer to the current slate of adult animated projects we are building here at HBO Max and we think fans will agree. We are proud to introduce this distinctive group of series from a wide range of diverse creators that will form a first stop destination for animation lovers everywhere.”
Velma will explore “the origin story of Velma Dinkley, the unsung and underappreciated brains of the Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc. gang, offering an original and humorous spin that unmasks the complex and colorful past of one of America’s most beloved mystery solvers.”
Along with voicing Velma, Mindy Kaling will executive produce the series alongside Charlie Grandy, Howard Klein and Sam Register with Warner Bros. Animation producing.
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