Universal sets ‘Woodpecker’ writers

Altschuler, Krinsky to pen script based on classic toon

With “The Lorax” cruising at the box office, Illumination Entertainment is looking to gear up its slate, attaching John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky to pen the script to its “Woody Woodpecker” pic.

Altschuler and Krinsky, best known for their work on the “Beavis and Butthead” and “King of the Hill” series, were brought on to develop a story that gives the classic cartoon some edge. Illumination topper Christopher Meledandri, who’s producing, liked what he saw so much that he asked them to write the script as well.

Whether the pic will be Illumination’s next after “Despicable Me 2” is unclear, but sources close to the company say it most likely will not be.

Instead of mixing live-action and animation, Illumination plans to make the film fully animated. Though these writers bring an edge, Illumination aims to make a family film that can reach a broader demo.

Illumination’s “The Lorax” has grossed more than $227 million worldwide.

Altschuler and Krinsky are repped by WME and 3 Arts Entertainment.

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