4:18pm PT by Ashley Lee, Graeme McMillan
Is 'Howard the Duck' the Next Marvel Star? George Lucas Thinks So
George Lucas thinks Howard the Duck may be the next to get a big-screen reboot.
During Friday's Tribeca Film Festival discussion, moderated by Stephen Colbert, the filmmaker had spoken candidly about Hollywood's corporate culture and the media's habit of publishing scathing reviews.
He noted how even the worst reviewed films can "float up to the surface of the lake, and then they become cult classics. … It means you made an interesting movie or a weird movie, and a small group of people love it."
"Even Howard the Duck is a cult classic," he said, triggering applause in the Borough of Manhattan Community College theater. "I have a feeling that Marvel's gonna redo it because of the technology they have today."
He said of the original 1986 film, "I told the producer and writer it's not gonna work. … You can't put a dwarf in a duck suit and make it work!"
Colbert mentioned how the character is seen as an Easter egg at the very end of Guardians of the Galaxy. James Gunn has said that the character's appearance was the result of an offhand comment by the movie's editor during postproduction. "We decided to do it very late in the game, only a couple of months [before release], and we had to design Howard that day," he told Empire.
Marvel's publishing arm certainly took note of the character's popularity in the final movie, launching a new comic book series centered around the character earlier this year.
Lucas said of the appearance in the 2014 hit: "It's a digital duck. When you have a digital duck, you can do anything. You can make it act."