“Everybody has a hobby. Some race cars, some collect art, and others … make toast.” –Garfield, 12/03/1991
Garfield, wake up! You’re getting an animated movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Alcon Entertainment got out of bed after a late night of lasagna and snagged the rights for Jim Davis’ iconic comic strip.
How iconic? Well, wouldn’t you like to know that Garfetti’s 38-year-long war against Mondays currently holds the Guinness world record for being the most widely syndicated strip, appearing in 2,580 periodicals with readership up to 260 mil.
Because of that brand recognition, it makes sense that Alcon doesn’t mind using the cat brush. Producer John Cohen, whose latest stroke of genius was The Angry Birds Movie, brought them the project alongside Steven P. Wegner.
The two will produce alongside Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson of Alcon, while Bridget McMeel of Amuse will serve as executive producer with the comic god himself, Davis.
Basically, they’ll copy Blue Sky Studios’ approach to last year’s The Peanuts Movie by turning the franchise into a computer animated production. Here’s hoping they bring back Bill Murray, who voiced the CGI cat in the live action films from the mid-aughts.
Or, they tap Fatal Farm to write the whole damn thing. After all, they know a thing or two about the franchise…