Scoop! Holiday Haunt was turned away three months ago. Her manager explains why it ended anyway

Michael Korinsky was supposed to make his debut alongside co-director Bill Haller in “Scoop! Holiday Hunt.” That was until the movie—starring Ian Armitage, Mark Hamill, Christo Fernandez, Ming Na-Win and Frank Welker—was abruptly pulled by Warner Bros. Discovery on August 2, ending Korensky’s two-year work on the film.

Three months later, the movie is completely over – but it seems unlikely that any Scoobaphiles will be able to see it.

“I’ve been in this industry for 27 or 28 years, something like that,” Korinsky says. “It’s something I’ve worked for my entire career, and it finally happened. And then eight weeks before we were done, things changed.”

“Scoop! ‘Holiday Haunt’ has been suspended alongside DC superhero movie ‘Batgirl’. The animated film, which was said to have cost $40 million, was a follow-up to the 2020 movie Scoop! At the time of its suspension, “Holiday Haunt” was in post-production and scheduled to be released directly on HBO Max on December 22.

“We had a few hundred shots that needed to be finished, lighted, shown and then approved,” Korinsky explained. “We had a certain amount of time to finish those shots, and we did. I heard numbers like they were almost 95% finished. That’s pretty close.”

Korinsky was at a meeting making the film when the news broke. He received a message on Twitter from someone he had never met before asking if the news was real. Korensky had no idea what they were talking about.

“According to Warner Bros., the news was leaked,” he said. They were unable to contact us at the time this news leaked. So, we found out in a shocking way.”

Then Warner Bros. explained the situation to Korensky, and apologized for finding out like that. According to sources familiar with the situation, “Batgirl” and “Scoop”! The Holiday Hunt has been postponed due to financial considerations including tax cuts. By not releasing the movies either theatrically or on HBO Max, Warner Bros. That you take a write-off tax on both films, and get back a portion of the production costs. Korensky heard the same reasoning in his phone calls.

“In our phone calls with people, they made it clear that’s what’s going on,” he explained. “And because we take this tax write-off, we cannot convert it into money. This is how it was explained to me.”

Production of the film was already difficult for Korensky and his team thanks to the extremely accelerated schedule.

“We spent two years from start to finish,” Korinsky said. And when I say I don’t mean we have a final script and then we’re going to start production in those two years. No, we started from a two-page chart, like. And we said, ‘You have two years to make this movie.’ It must be done by this date. he goes.’ And we accomplished it by the aforementioned day.”

So, what’s the “Scoop! Holiday Haunt” about? According to Korensky, the film will begin two months after the opening of the Halloween scene in “Scoop!” The mysterious gang is still young children getting to know each other, and they go on a Christmas trip to meet a new character in the Scooby-Doo franchise: Fred’s uncle, Ned.

“The plot was basically Scooby-Doo’s first birthday,” the director explained. “The gang is taking Scooby so far [holiday themed resort] Owned by Uncle Fred. And of course, just like every other Scooby-Doo episode, they climb up somewhere, the mystery unfolds itself and the gang is now involved in that mystery. We are out! “

The film, part classic Scooby puzzle and part Christmas story, allowed Korensky and Haller—who credit Scooby-Doo as their inspiration for getting into animation in the first place—to tap into their inner fan base and explore a new timeline of the mystery gang.

“This was a dream come true,” Korinsky said. “It’s so bittersweet that I’ve realized so many goals in my life, and then not achieving them is, as you can imagine, incredibly disappointing.”

Once the movie was delayed, Korensky and his team didn’t finish. They finished the movie.

“The reason we were able to finish this movie is because it has already been paid for,” he explained. “I can’t say it was [Warner Bros] Saying, “Please finish this movie, we want you to do.” I think it was more like “Finishing the movie because we paid to finish the movie.”

He continued, “At the end of the day I don’t care why and how it ended. I’m glad it ended because so many people worked so hard to make something really beautiful and wonderful.”

The team worked for weeks to finish, knowing that the final product likely wouldn’t be seen.

“We work here with seasoned professionals, and I’ve been trying to be the best cheerleader I can do,” Korinsky said. “I mean, I was really hurting on the inside. However I’m in these meetings and I have to inspire and keep that enthusiasm awake to finish this movie. I was doing everything in my power to keep the bravest face because I wanted to keep everyone motivated… I’m so grateful For everyone, even though they know this thing has no chance of getting out, they still work like this was coming out.”

Last Friday, the team finally completed the photo. All shots were directed, lit and finalized by the directors and producers. Despite this, the chances of “Scoop! Holiday Haunt” being seen by the general public are slim to none.

“The thing that hasn’t changed here, aside from when we’re done with the picture, is that Warner Bros. Discovery can’t monetize this movie right now,” Korinsky explains. To get that $40 million tax amount, they can’t make money off of it. So, there is no scenario where they can sell it, stream it, anything. They just can’t because any move they make will convert it into cash, and then they will lose their tax write-off.”

But is there any hope for her to see the light of day? Korinsky is not sure.

He said, “That’s me talking, I don’t know anything about how finances and things like that work in the studios.” “But I do think that as long as Discovery owns Warner Bros., I don’t think anything can and will happen with this movie. To me, I feel that as long as Warner Bros. Discovery, it doesn’t seem likely that there is a way around it.”

Despite the outburst of the whole feelings, Korensky is proud of his work.

“Regardless of the outcome, I will go through this whole experience again,” Korinsky said. “Being able to direct is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time now. Now that I’ve been through it, I know I’m a better filmmaker. I’m my best storyteller. And I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything.”

“It got me thinking about this saying, ‘If a tree falls in the woods and no one can hear it, does it make a sound?'” “And the answer after this experience is yes. It definitely makes a sound. Just because the audience doesn’t see it, there are people who have seen it and people who have worked on it. And it definitely makes a sound. This movie made such a beautiful sound that I hope one day they will hear it.”

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