The film is based on Feiffer’s cartoon characters that appeared in the Village Voice and Playboy.
David Koechner will star in Bernard and Huey, a movie based on the characters from satirist and screenwriter Jules Feiffer’s cartoon strip. The Anchorman alum will play Huey, one-half of the eponymous pair.
Feiffer wrote the script for the movie that is based on his comic strip characters, who first appeared in the Village Voice in 1957, with Feiffer later continuing his work for Playboy magazine in the 1980s. Dan Mirvish will direct the film, which follows two old friends and a woman who complicates their life.
“I have been a fan of Jules Feiffer’s Bernard and Huey cartoons since my youth. I am excited to get the chance to bring a comic strip, middle-aged superhero to life,” said Koechner. “I’m very happy to work with the brilliant and curvaceous Mirvish, as well.”
“I’m thrilled to have an actor of David’s depth and talent in the film,” said the director. “David’s an incredible actor who I know is going to embody Huey in a way that will please both longtime fans of the character, and new filmgoers alike.”
Mirvish also will produce the film, along with Dana Altman and Bernie Stern. Mike S. Ryan, Elisabeth Jereski, John Feitelson and Jeffry Powell will serve as executive producers. Bernard and Huey is set to begin production in the fall, in both New York and Los Angeles.
Feiffer has has a successful career as a screenwriter, penning Mike Nichols’ Carnal Knowledge and Robert Altman’s Popeye adaptation. He also won a Pulitzer in 1986 for editorial cartooning and took home an Oscar in 1961 for best animated short.
Koechner’s credits include Talladega Nights, Thank You for Smoking and the Anchorman series, and he recently starred in Universal’s holiday horror-comedy The Krampus. He is repped by UTA and Brillstein.