“Garfield,“ which currently holds the record for being the most widely syndicated comic strip in the world, is hitting the big screen again, this time in a fully animated movie.
Alcon Entertainment co-founders and co-chief executive officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove announced on Monday that they have secured exclusive rights from Jim Davis, the creator of the Garfield comic series and brand. Davis will also be an executive producer for the film.
Kosove and Johnson said, “Jim Davis’s creation has been an international sensation for all ages for decades, and we are thrilled to bring an animated Garfield feature to the big screen.”
The Garfield comic strip was first released in 1978. It originally appeared in 41 newspapers but ultimately was included in 2,580 newspapers and journals, with an estimated readership of 260 million.
“I’ve been so impressed with the quality of animation and storytelling coming out of Hollywood of late,” said Davis. “I can’t wait to get into production with the terrific team Alcon has assembled.”
Garfield has had two previous movies including “Garfield: The Movie” released in 2004 by Fox. The film, produced by Davis Entertainment, grossed $200 million worldwide and was followed by the 2006 sequel, “Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties.“ Both films featured a mix of CG characters and real-life actors, with Bill Murray voicing the feline for both.
The new project was brought to Alcon by John Cohen, producer of “Despicable Me” and the recently released “The Angry Birds Movie,” and Steven P. Wegner who will produce along with Alcon principals Kosove and Johnson. Bridget McMeel from Amuse will executive produce with Davis. Alcon doesn’t intend to stop after just one movie; their goal is to build an entire franchise of fully CG-animated films around the cynical and lazy orange cat.
Davis’ involvement in the new film seems to suggest a direction closer in tone and style to the original comic strips. No release date has been announced.
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