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Will Marvel make a Howard the Duck film? George Lucas believes they will

04.17.2015

Despite HOWARD THE DUCK's status as one of the worst films of all-time (although like everything I'm sure it has its fans; I once met a guy whose favourite film was MEET THE SPARTANS. He didn't just like it, it was his favourite film) the character has enjoyed a recent resurgence with a brand new comic and a cameo in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. While speaking at a Tribeca Film Festival discussion moderated by Stephen Colbert, Lucas brought up the film during conversation about the media's habit of publishing scathing reviews.

(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, I have a feeling that Marvel's gonna redo it, because the technology they have today.

George Lucas has apparently seen Howard's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY cameo and began thinking of the possibilities a digital Howard would have over his predecessor saying "it's a digital duck. When you have a digital duck, you can do anything. You can make it act." If there's one thing Lucas knows, it's making those bombad digital characters "act."

It wasn't all duck-talk during the Tribeca Film Festival discussion, George Lucas also mentioned that he was hoping to return to his experimental film roots.

Experimental films — that’s exactly what I’m going to do. I’ve always wanted to do it (return to indie filmmaking), and kept saying I would do it after Star Wars. Most of my friends who made experimental films scraped money together from their families. Then there’s another way to make them: becoming very rich. A lot of my friends have yachts. I said no to that. I put my money in a vault and (planned) to waste it on movies that won’t make money. The key to experimental films is you don’t know what will happen with them. And that’s not how the movie business works.

No conversation with Lucas would be complete without someone asking him about the upcoming STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, and while he didn't have any new information to share, he did say that he wished the film success and that he's looking forward to seeing it up on the big-screen.

The one thing I regretted about doing Star Wars is I never got to see it. I'd seen [the footage in the editing room] a hundred times, so I never got to have that thrill. This time, it'll be very different because they're doing a kind of a different story. I don't know anything about it.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS will premiere in theaters on December 18, 2015, so if you find yourself seated next to a bearded man in flannel attire...you never know.

Source: THRDeadline

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5:23AM on 04/20/2015
As a kid I liked Howard the Duck a lot!
As a kid I liked Howard the Duck a lot!
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3:51AM on 04/20/2015
What was so bad about Howard the Duck? Plus we got some cool t-shirts out of it.
What was so bad about Howard the Duck? Plus we got some cool t-shirts out of it.
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7:14PM on 04/19/2015
Lea Thompson in this movie made me feel funny in my privates when I was 10
Lea Thompson in this movie made me feel funny in my privates when I was 10
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5:22AM on 04/20/2015
I know what you mean! :)
I know what you mean! :)
4:50PM on 04/19/2015
No, George, your Howard the Duck isn't a cult classic.
No, George, your Howard the Duck isn't a cult classic.
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5:31PM on 04/19/2015
By some it is.
By some it is.
4:45PM on 04/19/2015
No, George, your Howard the Duck isn't a cult classic.
No, George, your Howard the Duck isn't a cult classic.
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5:34AM on 04/19/2015

There's no denying it.

Howard the Duck is a strange, strange movie. But I think it's ultimately enjoyable. As a kid I loved it, it's definitely not held up as much as I thought it would have from those fond memories, but I don't think it's terrible. Now, as for Lucas and his little "experimental" (whatever the Hell that means) films, hasn't he been talking about this for decades? Where are they dude? I don't think he'll ever do anything else, to be honest.
Howard the Duck is a strange, strange movie. But I think it's ultimately enjoyable. As a kid I loved it, it's definitely not held up as much as I thought it would have from those fond memories, but I don't think it's terrible. Now, as for Lucas and his little "experimental" (whatever the Hell that means) films, hasn't he been talking about this for decades? Where are they dude? I don't think he'll ever do anything else, to be honest.
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9:32AM on 04/18/2015

When is GL making a new movie?!

Dammit, I wan't 80s Lucas back. Making movies based on stuff he grew up with, old serials and fantasies.

I hope he does make a new movie and it become a huge hit. Even though he ruined his two biggest franchises, I think he just needs to start fresh.
Dammit, I wan't 80s Lucas back. Making movies based on stuff he grew up with, old serials and fantasies.

I hope he does make a new movie and it become a huge hit. Even though he ruined his two biggest franchises, I think he just needs to start fresh.
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3:18AM on 04/20/2015
He just did Strange Magic that released in January.

It scored a 19% on rottentomatoes and was predictably bad at the box office, only $12million.

and before that he did Red Tails. Some people liked that, but most critics didnt and it didn't do well at the box office either. The man isn't sitting around doing nothing, we just think he is because the stuff he's doing is so bad now.
He just did Strange Magic that released in January.

It scored a 19% on rottentomatoes and was predictably bad at the box office, only $12million.

and before that he did Red Tails. Some people liked that, but most critics didnt and it didn't do well at the box office either. The man isn't sitting around doing nothing, we just think he is because the stuff he's doing is so bad now.
5:33AM on 04/18/2015
I think most missed the most important line of this entire article.
"I don't know anything about the new Star Wars"
Woooooot!
No meddling, yes go make some indie films no one will watch like Red Tails.
I think most missed the most important line of this entire article.
"I don't know anything about the new Star Wars"
Woooooot!
No meddling, yes go make some indie films no one will watch like Red Tails.
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4:23AM on 04/18/2015
I enjoyed Howard the Duck. I thought it was a fun film. I would welcome a remake if it was done well. I thought the clip with Howard at the end of GOTG was fun, but I wish they had stayed closer to how the original Howard looked and sounded.
I enjoyed Howard the Duck. I thought it was a fun film. I would welcome a remake if it was done well. I thought the clip with Howard at the end of GOTG was fun, but I wish they had stayed closer to how the original Howard looked and sounded.
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1:50AM on 04/18/2015
Hey, I actually enjoyed Howard The Duck. Sure it's pretty bad for the most part, but that's not to say that it's not enjoyable. Calling it one of the worst films of all time is a bit of a stretch. Clearly the author has never seen Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Secrets.
Hey, I actually enjoyed Howard The Duck. Sure it's pretty bad for the most part, but that's not to say that it's not enjoyable. Calling it one of the worst films of all time is a bit of a stretch. Clearly the author has never seen Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Secrets.
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2:33PM on 04/18/2015
Erm have you been drinking? You want to rate Howard the duck vs COS as the worst film of all time - tell me you're kidding
Erm have you been drinking? You want to rate Howard the duck vs COS as the worst film of all time - tell me you're kidding
1:48AM on 04/18/2015
I'd be up for another Howard The Duck movie, but will people really see it?
I'd be up for another Howard The Duck movie, but will people really see it?
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11:52PM on 04/17/2015
Hey I liked Meet the Spartans, it's not as good as Airplane or The Naked gun but it's on par with Not Another Teen movie and way way better than Scary movie 4&5 and Disaster movie.
Hey I liked Meet the Spartans, it's not as good as Airplane or The Naked gun but it's on par with Not Another Teen movie and way way better than Scary movie 4&5 and Disaster movie.
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10:27PM on 04/17/2015
If they brought back One-Shots, sure I could see that. But a full movie to me is highly unlikely.
If they brought back One-Shots, sure I could see that. But a full movie to me is highly unlikely.
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9:32PM on 04/17/2015
Duck Tits...woohoo!
Duck Tits...woohoo!
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9:11PM on 04/17/2015
I don't mind seeing Howard the Duck back on screen. Technology today can do wonders.
I don't mind seeing Howard the Duck back on screen. Technology today can do wonders.
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9:06PM on 04/17/2015

The kid that plays Adam F. Goldberg on the Goldbergs

Sean Giambrone looks just like George Lucas' Howard. (I love that show!)
Sean Giambrone looks just like George Lucas' Howard. (I love that show!)
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8:43PM on 04/17/2015
Yeah, I'm sure Marvel is going to redo Howard the Duck and not give Ruffalo his own Incredible Hulk or Johansson her own Black Widow film.
Yeah, I'm sure Marvel is going to redo Howard the Duck and not give Ruffalo his own Incredible Hulk or Johansson her own Black Widow film.
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4:50PM on 04/19/2015
Who said they won't?
Who said they won't?
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