Alcon Entertainment is moving forward with its “Garfield” animated feature and has set Mark Dindal (“Chicken Little,” “The Emperor’s New Groove”) to direct. Dindal will helm from a screenplay by the writing team of Paul Kaplan and Mark Torgove with pre-production set to begin next month in Los Angeles.
The “Garfield” comic strip debuted in 1978 and follows a cynical and lazy orange cat and his interactions with owner Jon Arbuckle and fellow pet Odie, a dog. Garfield ultimately appeared in 2,580 newspapers and journals and currently holds the record for being the most widely syndicated comic strip in the world.
Alcon bought the property’s rights from creator Jim Davis in 2016 with the plan to build a franchise of fully CG-animated “Garfield” feature films. John Cohen (“Despicable Me”) and Steven P. Wegner (“Dolphin Tale 2”) will produce alongside Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.