So much for hating Mondays. Garfield, the lazy orange cat with an appetite for lasagna and a blithe disregard for his owner, is headed back to the big screen in an animated film being developed by Alcon Entertainment.
Co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove announced Monday that the financing and production company has acquired exclusive rights to Jim Davis’ long-running comic strip, with the goal of building “a franchise of fully CG-animated Garfield feature films.”
John Cohen and Steven P. Wegner are producing the project with Kosove and Johnson, and Davis will serve as an executive producer.
First published in 1978, Garfield of course chronicles the adventures of the titular feline, along with his timid owner, Jon, and fellow pet Odie. It is the most widely syndicated comic strip in the world, appearing in some 2,580 newspapers and journals.
The comic previously inspired two live-action films in which a CGI Garfield was voiced by Bill Murray: 2004’s Garfield: The Movie and 2006’s Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties.
“I’ve been so impressed with the quality of animation and storytelling coming out of Hollywood of late,” Davis said in the announcement. “I can’t wait to get into production with the terrific team Alcon has assembled.”