Tom and Jerry are ready to play cat and mouse once more.

Filmmaker Tim Story is in talks to direct a live-action hybrid Tom and Jerry movie for Warner Bros,The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. .

He also directed a pair of Fantastic Four movies, as well as Think Like a Man and its 2014 sequel.

Tom and Jerry began life as a series of long-running shorts created by animation pioneers William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and first introduced in 1940.

They centered on the exploits of house cat Tom and his never-ending battle with mouse Jerry.

Seven of the shorts, released by MGM, won Oscars from 1943-53.

The animated pair have remained in the pop culture consciousness over the years, first getting their own full-length theatrical film with 1993's Tom and Jerry: The Movie.

In addition to Tom and Jerry, Warner Bros. has movement on another property as well.

Harry Potter filmmaker Chris Columbus has boarded an animated Scooby-Doo movie as creative producer.