Woody Woodpecker is no longer relegated to Thanksgiving parades. The psychotic cartoon bird is headed to the big screen courtesy of Universal. The studio is now in talks with Blades Of Glory co-writers John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky to develop the story.

Illumination, the animation house behind Despicable Me and The Lorax, will be responsible for bringing Woody back to life (heh, heh), which is great news. In an age where so many cartoon classics are given the live-action/CGI treatment, it's refreshing to see an interest in creating straight up cartoons. However, this is just conjecture. It could easily become a live-action/CGI blend with an Andy Samberg-voiced woodpecker chasing master jewel thief Heather Graham. It's just how these things sometimes go. (THR)