B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations was the title of American computer-animated supernatural action comedy film to be made by DreamWorks Animation. It is based on an original idea and directed by Tony Leondis. Tom Wheeler was said to be writing the script, with Maryann Garger as producer and Courtney Pledger as executive producing. The film would have starred Seth Rogen, Matt Bomer, Melissa McCarthy, Bill Murray, Octavia Spencer, Rashida Jones, and Jennifer Coolidge and would have been released on June 5, 2015 by 20th Century Fox.
This supernatural action comedy follows two bumbling apparitions who find themselves in an extraordinary after-life adventure when they join the Bureau of Otherworldly Operations (B.O.O.) – the ghost world’s elite counter-haunting unit – and ultimately must face off against the planet’s greatest haunter.
- Seth Rogen and Davis Cleveland as Jackson Moss
- Melissa McCarthy as Watts
- Bill Murray as Addison Drake
- Rashida Jones as Moss' ex wife
- Matt Bomer as the New Husband of Moss' ex wife
- Jennifer Coolidge as Carol Sue
- Octavia Spencer
- Benjamin Stockham as Henry Moss
- Cyrus Arnold as Chaz
Why It Was Cancelled
- In January 2015, DreamWorks Animation announced the closing of their Redwood City, California studio, and the laying off of over 500 artists. As a result, B.O.O: Bureau of Otherwordly Operations has been dropped entirely from the production slate for the studio, and pushed back into an “in development” status.
- DreamWorks Animation wanted to avoid competition with Disney•Pixar's Inside Out.
- The cast and crew of the film went to work on other projects.
- This film remains "in development" at DreamWorks Animation and it is unknown or unlikely if it will ever be released.
- Home was the only DreamWorks Animation film released in 2015.
- In 2015, Tony Leondis went to work with Sony Pictures Animation to work on his next film The Emoji Movie, about emojis, which was released on July 28, 2017. Coincidentally, Jennifer Coolidge, who was going to voice Carol Sue in B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations, went to voice as Gene's mother Mary Meh in The Emoji Movie. The film was panned by critics and audiences alike, despite being successful at the box office, and damaged the reputations of both Sony Pictures Animation (until the release of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) and Tony Leondis.
- Products for the film were released before the cancellation.