Mindy Kaling and HBO Max are developing an animated series about the Scooby-Doo character Velma Dinkley. Long-rumored to be an adult-focused origin story of the popular character, it was known that Kaling would serve as executive producer as well as voicing the character.
This has now been confirmed. At the TV Kids Summer Festival Warner Bros. President of Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults, and Classics Tom Ascheim confirmed that the show is not aimed at kids.
He went on to confirm more details. Velma will now be a character of East Asian descent, and he specifically said:
“…there is no dog and no van.”
He went on to say that there will be the four key characters though, assuming Fred, Daphne, and Shaggy.
During the first season of the 2010–2013 series Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, Velma is in a romantic relationship with Shaggy, much to the distaste of Scooby-Doo, and she was portrayed as secretive and controlling, and the relationship didn’t last.
She was later subtly revealed to be bisexual according to series producer Tony Cervone. The screenwriter of the 2002 Scooby-Doo film James Gunn also stated that Velma was written as a lesbian in early drafts of the script.
Velma Dinkley was inspired by the brainy Zelda Gilroy, as played by Sheila James, from the late 1950s/early 1960s American sitcom The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. From 1969 to 1973, Nicole Jaffe voiced Velma. From 1976 to 1979, Pat Stevens voiced the character. From 1979 to 1980, Marla Frumkin provided her voice.
Velma has no release date at present.