Walt Disney Pictures, in association with Pixar Animation Studios and Marvel Studios, has announced its first major animated venture into the Marvel Universe: Howard the Duck, to be directed by Academy Award-winner Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc. and Up). Michael Chabon (John Carter) and Academy Award-nominee Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, upcoming Phineas and Ferb) have been hired to write the film. Most fans revile the original 1986 film featuring Lea Thompson and Jeffrey Jones, though this version is said to not have any ties towards it. "If it wasn't for the financial trouble following the aftermath of Howard the Duck, Pixar might never have been sold to Steve Jobs and become what it is today," said Docter. "In that spirit, we feel it's only fitting for us to come back to Howard." Disney notoriously threatened legal action against Marvel for Howard's resemblance to Donald Duck; it seems, after Marvel was bought out by Disney, that all has been forgiven. The voice cast announced with the project features Seth Rogen as Howard, Katy Perry as Beverly Switzler and Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson. Rogen said in a statement, "Growing up, 'Howard the Duck' was one of my all-time favorite comic book characters. To play him now in a Pixar movie is beyond my wildest dreams. Howard the Duck is gonna be a really wild and wacky adventure." The film is scheduled for a late 2014 release date. Is Pixar ready to create the world that Howard never made?
Don't lay an egg, folks! Of course, this is an April Fools' joke! Granted, I'd love to see Disney/Pixar and Marvel make a movie together, but definitely not Howard the Duck. I've seen the original, and yeah, it's not that good (but not unwatchable). That story about how the movie helped lead to Pixar being bought is actually true. Who says you can't learn something on April Fools' Day? This was just some fun and I hope you enjoyed it. HAPPY APRIL FOOLS!!!
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