If you’ve never seen Howard the Duck, go watch it now. It’s seven shades of ridiculousness that ruled the 80s. It was a staple in my house, and frequented the TV screen at least three times a week. I may even have an old VHS tape in the attic growing colonies of spiders with Howard the Duck and Explorers recorded on it. Throw in a little Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and you can recreate any 80s childhood.
Howard the Duck is a 1986 American science fiction comedy film directed by Willard Huyck and starring Lea Thompson, Tim Robbins, and Jeffrey Jones. Produced by Gloria Katz and George Lucas and written by Huyck and Katz, the screenplay was originally intended to be an animated film based on the Marvel comic book of the same name, but the film adaptation became live action due to a contractual obligation. Although there had been several TV adaptations of Marvel characters during the preceding 21 years, this was the first attempt at a theatrical release since the Captain America serial of 1944. Lucas proposed adapting the surrealist comic book following the production of American Graffiti. After stepping down as the president of Lucasfilm to focus on producing he chose to begin production on the film personally. Following multiple production difficulties and mixed response to test screenings, Howard the Duck was released in theaters on August 1, 1986. Upon its release, the film received overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics and was a box office failure, and in later years has been widely acknowledged as one of the worst films ever made.
Howard the Duck’s Comeback?
In a recent StanLee post, Seth Green hints that a second Howard the Duck may be in the works.
While I think a Howard Comeback Movie would be terrific, there are concerns that good old Howard didn’t live up to Marvel’s standards, and just may not be worthy of a second movie. But if they can make another Fantastic Four, perhaps Howard’s tail isn’t such a stretch.
Watch this interview with Seth Green and tell us if you think Howard Number 2 is a legitimate hopeful for 2016.