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Monday, May 23, 2016

Garfield Franchise To Get A Reboot

THR is reporting Alcon acquired the rights from 'Garfield' creator Jim Davis, who will serve as an executive producer.
Hide the lasagna.

Alcon Entertainment, which is in preproduction on the sequel to Blade Runner, has picked up the rights to produce an animated adaptation of classic comic strip Garfield.

Alcon acquired the rights from Garfield creator Jim Davis, who will serve as an executive producer. The company’s goal is to turn the strip-turned-brand into a franchise of CG-animated films.

Garfield debuted in 1978, becoming a sensation in the 1980s as the strip took over best-seller lists in the form of collected book. Merchandising and cartoon specials followed. The strip holds the Guinness record for being the most widely syndicated comic strip in the world and is seen in 2,580 newspapers and journals, with an estimated readership of 260 million.

The character already hit the big-screen in the form of two live-action/cgi hybrids (Garfield: The Movie and Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties) that featured Bill Murray as the voice of the cat.

The story revolved around a fat, lazy, lasagna-loving cat who never hides his contempt for his put-upon owner, Jon Arbuckle, and fellow pet Odie, a dim-witted dog.

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