Garfield
Directed byMark Dindal
Screenplay byDavid Reynolds
Based onGarfield
by Jim Davis
Produced by
Starring
Production
companies
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing
Release date
  • May 24, 2024 (2024-05-24)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Garfield is an upcoming American computer-animated comedy film based on the Jim Davis comic strip of the same name. Directed by Mark Dindal from a screenplay written by David Reynolds and produced by Columbia Pictures, Alcon Entertainment in their first animated film, and DNEG Animation, with Sony Pictures Releasing distributing, the film stars Chris Pratt as the voice of the titular character, alongside the voices of Samuel L. Jackson, Nicholas Hoult, Cecily Strong, Hannah Waddingham, Brett Goldstein, Bowen Yang, and Ving Rhames.

Development on a new CG animated Garfield film began in May 2016. Dindal was announced to be directing the film in November 2018, with production beginning in the following month. Despite Viacom acquiring the rights to Garfield in August 2019, the project was still in production, according to Dindal in December 2020. In November 2021, Sony Pictures purchased the distribution rights for the film, outside of China, and Pratt was cast as Garfield, while the animation would be provided by DNEG.

Garfield will be theatrically released in the United States on May 24, 2024.

Voice cast

Production

On May 24, 2016, it was announced that Alcon Entertainment would develop a new CG animated Garfield film, with John Cohen and Steven P. Wegner producing, from a script by Mark Torgove and Paul A. Kaplan.[1][2] Mark Dindal was announced as director on November 12, 2018, with pre-production beginning the following month.[3] In August 2019, Viacom acquired the rights to Garfield, leaving the status of the movie at the time uncertain. However, in December 2020, Dindal confirmed that the film was still in production.[4] On November 1, 2021, Chris Pratt was announced as the voice of Garfield, with animation provided by DNEG, a visual effects and animation studio who previously worked on the animated feature Ron's Gone Wrong. DNEG will produce the film with Alcon, and Sony Pictures will maintain global distribution rights for the film, except for China. It was also announced that Finding Nemo screenwriter David Reynolds will instead write the script.[5] Dindal and Reynolds previously worked together on the Disney animated film The Emperor's New Groove. Voice actor Frank Welker, who has been voicing Garfield since 2007, expressed his disappointment on not being contacted to voice the character.[6]

In May 2022, Samuel L. Jackson joined the film as Garfield's father, Vic.[7] In August 2022, Ving Rhames, Nicholas Hoult, Hannah Waddingham and Cecily Strong were added to the cast.[8] In November 2022, Brett Goldstein and Bowen Yang were added to the cast.[9]

Release

Garfield is scheduled for theatrical release in the United States on May 24, 2024.[10] It was previously scheduled for release on February 16, 2024.[11]

References

  1. ^ "'Garfield' Animated Movie in the Works at Alcon". May 26, 2016. Retrieved November 27, 2016.
  2. ^ "Garfield is Getting a Fully CG-Animated Movie Reboot". Retrieved November 27, 2016.
  3. ^ "Mark Dindal To Direct All-Animated Garfield Feature For Alcon". Cartoon Brew. November 12, 2018.
  4. ^ "Happily Ever After Hours with Animator and Filmmaker Mark Dindal". December 19, 2020. Retrieved December 20, 2020.
  5. ^ Grobar, Matt (November 1, 2021). "Garfield: Chris Pratt To Voice Title Character In Alcon Entertainment's Animated Film". Deadline. Retrieved November 2, 2021.
  6. ^ EXCLUSIVE: Frank Welker’s thoughts on Chris Pratt’s casting as Garfield. #FrankWelker #Garfield #ChrisPratt
  7. ^ Grobar, Matt (May 24, 2022). "Samuel L. Jackson Joins Chris Pratt In Alcon Entertainment's 'Garfield'". Deadline. Retrieved May 24, 2022.
  8. ^ Grobar, Matt (August 17, 2022). "Garfield: Ving Rhames, Nicholas Hoult, Hannah Waddingham & Cecily Strong Board Animated Feature From Alcon Entertainment". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 17, 2022.
  9. ^ "Brett Goldstein, Bowen Yang Join 'Garfield' Animated Movie (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 7, 2022.
  10. ^ O'Rourke, Ryan (September 16, 2022). "Garfield Release Date Moved to Spring 2024". Collider. Retrieved September 16, 2022.
  11. ^ Chapman, Wilson (August 3, 2022). "Chris Pratt's Garfield Sets Release Date for 2024". Variety. Retrieved August 3, 2022.