The financing and production company, Alcon Entertainment, has officially secured the exclusive rights to produce a new animated film based on the comic strip “Garfield.” The news was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove. Finally, a Garfield movie where the character looks like Garfield, amiright? Hopefully anyway…
Alcon bought the rights to the character and brand from Jim Davis, who will also serve as an Executive Producer. The company plans to produce another franchise of fully CG-animated Garfield feature films.(because it worked out so great the first time.) 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.”
One good thing about this new attempt is that John Cohen, producer of the worldwide hit films Despicable Me, and Steven P. Wegner brought the project to Alcon. Cohen and Wegner will produce along with Alcon principals Kosove and Johnson. Bridget McMeel from Amuse will executive produce with Davis.
“I’ve been so impressed with the quality of animation and storytelling coming out of Hollywood of late,” said Jim Davis. “I can’t wait to get into production with the terrific team Alcon has assembled.”
“Garfield” has been adapted so many times from its comic strip days including a 7-season cartoon show “Garfield and Friends,” a 5-season CGI animated series “The Garfield Show,” two live-action/CGI feature films voiced by Bill Murray (Garfield: The Movie and Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties) as well as three direct-to-video films (Garfield Gets Real, Garfield’s Fun Fest, Garfield’s Pet Force).
There is no word yet when the new films will go into production or anticipated release date.