ByMatt Kranis, writer at
President of the Salacious Crumb Fan Club. Staff Writer at Movie Pilot. Twitter: @Matt_Kranis
Matt Kranis

Everybody knows that Garfield, the comic strip cat created by Jim Davis, hates Mondays. But this Monday just got a whole lot better with the announcement that new movies based on the popular character are on the way.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Alcon Entertainment has acquired the rights to create new films based on Davis's popular creation. The company plans to produce a franchise of CG-animated films based on the cartoon kitty.

This won't be Garfield's first foray onto the big screen. The orange feline was voiced by Bill Murray in 2004's Garfield and 2006's sequel. Before that, the character starred in the Garfield and Friends TV show as well as Davis's nationally syndicated comic strip. The comic, still running today, holds the Guinness World Record for most widely syndicated comic strip in the world. Garfield can be read in 2,580 newspapers and journals worldwide, reaching an estimated 260 million readers. The pussy's misadventures alongside hapless owner Jon Arbuckle and stupid dog Odie have proved popular since first appearing in 1978.

The Garfield comics seldom feature a story, instead following a classic joke-of-the-day format. So, filmmakers on the new series have plenty of room to craft their own tales. Garfield hates Mondays, loves lasagna and is incredibly lazy. As long as those elements remain intact, the new movie can run wild. That also leaves Alcon Entertainment plenty of room to build a franchise. Luckily, creator Jim Davis will be involved with the upcoming film as an executive producer.

There's no word on when the Garfield film will premiere, though we'll keep you posted. Are you a fan of Jim Davis's comic strips? Do we need a new Garfield franchise? Let us know in the comments.


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