It looks like Chris Pratt has become Hollywood’s go-to actor to voice ongoing projects. He recently was announced to tackle Mario in the long-awaited Illumination animated film based on Nintendo’s popular Super Mario Bros. franchise. Now, it seems he’ll also bring another childhood classic to life, as Alcon Entertainment and Sony Pictures hired the Guardians of the Galaxy actor to voice Garfield in an upcoming animated feature. Oscar nominee David Reynolds wrote the script and Mark Dindal is set to direct the upcoming adaptation.
The duo worked on the fan-favorite The Emperor’s New Groove, which the upcoming film might take some cues from given their work on it. Reynolds also worked on Finding Nemo for Pixar while Dindal had some experience with Disney adapting the Chicken Little film. It’s not a small task to adapt Jim Davis‘ popular creation that has existed since 1978. Alcon currently holds the rights to the project with Davis acting as an executive producer alongside Amuse’s Bridget McMeel and Craig Sost.
It’s not the first adaptation by Hollywood to bring the character to life. He famously was voiced by Bill Murray in the 2004 live-action hybrid film and even in its sequel, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties. It’ll be interesting to see how they tackle the famously lazy cat and his general attitude in a film. There’s also his extensive cast of characters introduced with later works that may or may not appear in the project. It’s still in early development. So, we’ll see what is in store for this project.
Source: Hollywood Reporter