Woody Woodpecker – Illumination Entertainment working on film for the big screen.
Woody Woodpecker – Illumination Entertainment is working on another film featuring Woody Woodpecker for the big screen. The famous cartoon fowl whose trademark laugh is a reminder of a bygone era in Hollywood animated entertainment.
It could be one of the company’s next completely CGI-animated efforts, following Despicable Me, next year’s adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, and the in-development Despicable Me 2.
Woody was concocted by storyboard artist Ben “Bugs” Hardaway and cartoonist Walter Lantz as being a screwball character, similar to early incarnations of Looney Tunes icons Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, both of which were also partly Hardaway’s creations.
The character eventually transitioned from being a wild and hyperactive troublemaker during the 1940s, to a more mellow and refined cartoon character, like the Chuck Jones version of Bugs Bunny, in the ’50s. Universal Entertainment, which owns Illumination, purchased the rights to the character back in 1985.
Heat Vision says that Illumination’s plan is to “create a story that modernizes Woody Woodpecker, hopefully launching a franchise in the process.” Current in talks to create said story is writing duo John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, who previously worked as executive producers/writers on King of the Hill and co-penned the Will Farrell sports comedy Blades of Glory.
It pretty much goes without saying that Illumination’s Woody Woodpecker movie will be more of an all-ages-friendly and madcap slapstick-filled computer-animated cartoon, with more in common with Despicable Me than Altschuler and Krinsky’s previous animated efforts.