“An adult live action scooby-doo film or series could go hard”: Jake Gyllenhaal, Sabrina Carpenter’s SNL Skit Can Wipe Away Mindy Kaling’s Velma Backlash

Fans want a live-action Scooby-Doo project featuring Jake Gyllenhaal and Sabrina Carpenter.

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  • Jake Gyllenhaal and Sabrina Carpenter starred in Saturday Night Live's Scooby-Doo sketch.
  • Fans love the three-minute video and demand a live-action project with the cast.
  • Mindy Kaling endured backlash due to her character in the HBO's Velma series.
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Jake Gyllenhaal is still basking in his fame after the success of Road House, and pop star Sabrina Carpenter continues to make waves online after her viral hit ‘Espresso’, but put them together in a show and fans get one night of a blast. The Southpaw star was the lead guest host on Saturday Night Live while the singer was featured as the musical guest.

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Sabrina Carpenter, Jake Gyllenhaal and Bowen Yang in Saturday Night Live / NBC

They both appeared in a sketch as Scooby-Doo characters, with Gyllenhaal starring as Fred and Carpenter as Daphne, as the gang investigates and explores a haunted house that soon took a bloody turn after Fred got a bit too serious. It only ran for 3 minutes, but the audience already became fans.

Fans Love Jake Gyllenhaal, Sabrina Carpenter’s Scooby-Doo Spoof On SNL

The Saturday Night Live spoof was made even more special with two of the most in-demand celebrities today. Jake Gyllenhaal and Sabrina Carpenter’s tandem was something fans did not expect to see but eventually loved.

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Scooby-Doo spoof in Saturday Night Live / NBC

In the short Scooby-Doo sketch they did, entitled The Mystery of the Shadow Phantom, the gang went to explore a haunted house to look for the shadow phantom. When Scooby-Doo caught him, they tied him up for interrogation. As it turns out, he was Old Man Franklin.

Fred would not believe it and said, “No one is who they appear to be” before pulling off the man’s face. The gang was shocked when they saw the guy’s bloodied face, with Daphne suggesting they should put his ripped-out skin in a bowl of dry ice.

The skit got even bloodier as accidents occurred to the other members, but the climax happened when Fred pulled out his gun. The video lasted for only three minutes, but that was enough to convince the audience that they needed this version of Scooby-Doo. Check out some of their tweets below:



A rated-R live-action Scooby-Doo project has been a long-time wish of fans. The latest project under the franchise, Velma, was heavily criticized by the public.


Mindy Kaling On Velma’s Backlash

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Mindy Kaling as the voice of Velma / HBO Max

Velma was first announced back in 2021, but it gained traction after the report of race-swapped characters. Mindy Kaling, who is of South Asian descent, received backlash for voicing the titular character. She explained on NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers:

There was a lot of, ‘So, not Velma?’ Those kinds of tweets. She’s such a great character, she’s so smart and I just couldn’t understand how people couldn’t imagine a really smart, nerdy girl with terrible eyesight who loved to solve mysteries, could not be Indian.

The actress said that it should not be a surprise to everyone that Velma could have South Asian roots, but what shocked Kaling was the strong reactions from fans. It made her think that she’s got to be careful in portraying the character.

Based on the fans’ enthusiasm with Jake Gyllenhaal and Sabrina Carpenter’s SNL skit, perhaps a Scooby-Doo live-action series from them could redeem the franchise.


Written by Ariane Cruz

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Ariane Cruz, Senior Writer. She has been contributing articles for FandomWire since 2021, mostly covering stories about the latest movies and series. With a degree in Communication Arts, she has an in-depth knowledge of print and broadcast journalism. Her other works can also be seen on Screen Rant and CBR.