|Directed by||Mark Dindal|
|Screenplay by||David Reynolds|
by Jim Davis
|Distributed by||Sony Pictures Releasing|
Garfield is an upcoming American computer-animated comedy film based on the Jim Davis comic strip of the same name, produced by Columbia Pictures in association with Alcon Entertainment (in their first animated film), animated by DNEG Animation, and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. Directed by Mark Dindal from a screenplay written by David Reynolds, 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.
Seven years after the 20th Century Fox's license expired in 2009, 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.
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. Mark Dindal was announced as director on November 12, 2018, with pre-production beginning the following month. 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. On November 1, 2021, Chris Pratt was announced as the voice of Garfield, with animation provided by DNEG Animation who will produce with Alcon and Amuse Entertainment, and Sony Pictures will maintain global distribution rights for the film, except for China. It was also announced that David Reynolds, who previously worked with Dindal on The Emperor's New Groove (2000), will instead write the script. Voice actor Frank Welker, who has been voicing Garfield since 2007, expressed his disappointment on not being contacted to voice the character.
In May 2022, Samuel L. Jackson joined the film as Garfield's father, Vic. In August 2022, Ving Rhames, Nicholas Hoult, Hannah Waddingham and Cecily Strong were added to the cast. In November 2022, Brett Goldstein and Bowen Yang were added to the cast.
Garfield is scheduled for theatrical release in the United States on May 24, 2024. It was previously scheduled for release on February 16, 2024.