Scooby-Doo (unreleased R-rated cut of live-action film; 2002)

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The poster for the film.

Status: Lost

Scooby-Doo was a live-action film adaptation of the popular animated franchise of the same name, originally released on June 14, 2002, in the United States. However, there is a significant difference between the cut that was released and some of the content that was originally filmed for the movie.

Early in production, the film was intended to have a more satirical tone towards the original franchise as well as skew towards an older audience, with a PG-13 rating planned. The original script had a lesbian relationship subplot involving Velma and Daphne as well as multiple marijuana gags.

This original version of the film went far enough to get submitted to the MPAA, where it received an unexpected R rating, due to what James Gunn describes as "some line of dialogue the MPAA thought referred to oral sex." Shortly after this, the studio completely forced a change in direction on the tone of the film, now intent on getting a family-friendly PG rating.

Some original scenes in which the female characters exposed a significant amount of cleavage were re-edited with the cleavage CGI'd over for the final cut of the film.

Some minor adult humor remained in the final cut of the film, most notably a gag in which Shaggy meets a girl named "Mary Jane", to which his response is "Like, that is my favorite name."

While the original cut likely still exists somewhere, no footage has ever been released from it.

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