Universal Plans Woody Woodpecker

Another classic cartoon character looks to be getting the big screen treatment as The Hollywood Reporter brings word that a Woody Woodpecker feature film is in development from Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment.

The character, a troublemaking woodpecker with an iconic laugh, first appeared in one of Universal’s “Andy Panda” shorts in 1940. He was then voiced by animation legend Mel Blanc. It wasn’t long before Woody became the star, his cartoon legacy vastly overshadowing that of Andy Panda.

Blades of Glory writers John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky are said to be preparing a script and there’s no word yet on whether or not the film is planned as a full CGI feature like Illumination’s Despicable Me and the upcoming The Lorax or a CGI/live action blend like their Hop.

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