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OTRC: Woody Woodpecker movie in the works, report says

A film based on the popular cartoon character Woody Woodpecker is reportedly in the works.

Universal-based animation studio Illumination Entertainment, who developed "Despicable Me," is working on a film based on Woodpecker, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "Blades of Glory" screen writers John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky are in talks to develop the story.

Woody Woodpecker began as a series of theatrical shorts in the 1940s. They were produced by Walter Lantz animation studio and were created by storyboard artist Ben Hardaway -- who also created Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.

The Woody Woodpecker character eventually made its way to television in a series in 1957 called "The Woody Woodpecker Show." Since then Woody Woodpecker has appeared in several television series since then. Universal bough the right to the character as well as the library of short from Lantz in 1985.

In 1990 the character was honored with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. The character balloon is also a staple of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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