24 May – The lasagna-loving titular star of cartoonist Jim Davis' iconic comic strip, "Garfield", is getting yet another movie adaptation, nearly a decade since the last one hit the silver screen.
Except this time, production company Alcon Entertainment will not be following in the pawsteps of the previous live-action animated movies.
This time the movie adaptation will be fully CG-animated, getting rid of live-action actors and settings completely. Alcon is planning to build a franchise of the animated movies, according to its press release.
"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," stated Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.
Johnson and Kosove will be producing alongside John Cohen, producer of "Despicable Me" and the recently released "The Angry Birds Movie".
"Garfield" creator Jim Davis will also board the project as an executive producer, stating that he has "been so impressed with the quality of animation and storytelling coming out of Hollywood of late."
"Garfield" was first adapted into a movie back in 2004, with the release of "Garfield: The Movie", followed by 2006's "Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties".
Despite either movie receiving not so 'pawsitive' reviews, the first movie went on to earn USD200.8 million worldwide against its USD50 million production budget while the second movie, with a budget of USD60 million, made USD141.7 million.