Could Lea Thompson really end up directing (and perhaps starring in) a reboot of Howard the Duck? It may be turning out the Howard project Thompson made such a splash by teasing earlier this summer isn’t such a joke after all.
Speaking to fans earlier this month at a Q&A panel at Toronto’s Fan Expo Canada, Thompson, who played Beverly Switzler in the 1986 live action version of the movie, revealed that she, along with current Howard the Duck comics writer Chip Zdarsky and illlustrator Joe Quninoes, actually have hammered out a pitch for a new film based on the Steve Gerber-created extraterrestrial. Here’s the kicker, though: Thomspon said Marvel “loved” what she showed them.
“I worked on the pitch for a really long time, and I had the help of Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones, and they had done a run of Howard the Duck; the last run of Howard the Duck, and they put me in it — Lea Thompson!” she exclaimed.
“…So I asked them for help, and Joe drew some drawings, and Chip and I worked on a pitch, and we did it, and Marvel…they really liked it; they loved it, actually! And they were like, ‘We’ve got plans for these things, and we’re doing the streaming thing, and we’ll call you back,’ so…tweet away, guys!”
For some context, Thompson’s comments begin around the 21-minute mark of this YouTube clip taken during the fan panel. She leaves thing on an optimistic note, but appears to confess that any re-appearance of the character will rely not on the strength of her pitch, but rather on Marvel’s overall plans as it rolls out Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe while juggling its vast array of TV and streaming shows.
But both on screen and in the ongoing comics series, Marvel’s clearly showing a rekindled affection for the world-weary, cigar-smoking avian cynic. In addition to that awesome cameo (can a duck make a cameo?) in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, Howard’s also been spotted in Zdarsky and Quinones’ current comic cycle suiting up in second-rate iron armor and getting spell-casting lessons from Doctor Strange.
When it comes to whether we’ll ever get to see if Thompson’s directorial chops extend to choreographing Quak-Fu fight scenes, we’ll just have to wait and see. But we’re holding out hope that there’s room in Marvel’s future film flock for new adventures with the malcontent anti-hero from Duckworld.