We've heard of projects getting the fast track, but this is taking things to a whole new level.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, New Line Cinema is planning a big budget, big screen adaptation of the beloved and controversial cartoon mouse Speedy Gonzales, with George Lopez set to provide the voice. The film, which is being developed by 'Garfield' writers scribes Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen, will be a hybrid of live-action and CGI animation.

Speedy Gonzales, of course, has been a staple of Warner Bros. cartoons and films since the 1950s, racing around at top speed while shouting his signature, nonsensical line of "¡Andale! ¡Andale! ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba!" While the "fastest mouse in all of Mexico" remains popular in Latin American countries, over the last decade he has become something of a lightning rod for criticism north of the border, as his antics and those of his fellow mice, particularly his lazy and occasionally inebriated cousin Slowpoke Rodriguez, have been denounced as racist caricatures.
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