It looks as though ‘Garfield’ is heading back to the big screen.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the iconic Jim Davis cartoon strip is getting another shot at the big screen… with an all-new, animated ‘Garfield’ movie.
“Alcon Entertainment… has picked up the rights to produce an animated adaptation of classic comic strip Garfield,” they revealed. “Alcon acquired the rights from Garfield creator Jim Davis, who will serve as an executive producer.”
Of course, this isn’t the first time Garfield has starred in his own film.
Bill Murray voiced everyone’s favourite, lasagne-loving feline in the 2004 ‘Garfield’ film. Essentially a live-action movie, it starred a CGI Garfield alongside Brekin Meyer as the cat’s long-suffering owner, Jon.
And it even landed a dubious sequel – ‘Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties’.
But this time around, it’s thought that the entire film will be produced using CGI animation.
“The company’s goal is to turn the strip-turned-brand into a franchise of CG-animated films.”
Garfield originally debuted back in 1978 and soon became a worldwide sensation. Regularly topping best-seller lists with books of Garfield’s collected comic strips, the ‘Garfield’ comic strip also holds a Guinness record for the most widely syndicated comic strip in the world.
‘Despicable Me’ producer John Cohen, as well as ‘Dolphin Tale’ producer Steven P. Wegner have been brought onto the project. Cohen and Wegner will produce along with Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.
But who will voice the new Garfield?
For now, we’ll have to wait and see.
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