'The Garfield Movie' on YouTube

Alcon Entertainment has acquired the film rights to produce an animated movie of Garfield

The company plans to reanimate the brand, originally a comic strip created in 1978 by Jim Davis, into a new franchise of films. Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove made the announcement Monday, May 23 and stated, “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." Davis has also been recruited as an executive producer.

The comic strip centered on Garfield, an overweight, moody tabby cat. Fox released two Garfield animated adaptations, Garfield: The Movie and Garfield: The Tale of Two Kitties. Actor Bill Murray voiced Garfield, and both films also featured Breckin Meyer and Jennifer Love Hewitt. 

At this point, no other information has been provided regarding who else has signed on for the project.