Actually, that’s probably untrue. I’m betting this Grumpy Cat movie will fly through production at lightning speed. Otherwise, the movie will release years from now and we’ll all say, “Who’s Grumpy Cat?” Strike while the iron is hot, as some Middle Ages blacksmith once said never knowing we’d one day be green lighting films about cats with distinct and humorous facial features.
If you haven’t yet been introduced to Tardar Sauce, a.k.a. Grumpy Cat™ – oh yes, it’s a trademarked name – then I must imagine you’ve recently awoken from a coma or had a time travel mishap from which you just returned. She’s been everywhere, starring in a Friskies ad campaign and appearing on Today, Good Morning America, and Anderson Cooper Live. Tardar Sauce attended SXSW as a feautured guest and was awarded BuzzFeed’s Meme of the Year Webby. Grumpy Cat is a bona fide internet sensation with her own licensed merchandise. Hey, cat treats ain’t free! Though for her, they probably are.
Deadline broke the news of Broken Road’s Todd Garner and Sean Robbins teaming up Grumpy Cat’s reps Ben Lashes and Al Hassas for the picture deal. They’re aiming for a “Garfield-like” family film, which hopefully won’t be nearly as terrible as the Garfield films or Garner’s last features: Here Comes the Boom, Jack and Jill, and Zookeeper.
Speaking with Deadline, Garner explained his inspiration,
This started off as a picture of a cat, but rare is an image that evokes that much comedy. You read all of the memes and the comments, and one is funnier than the next. We think we can build a big family comedy around this character.
What say you bastards? Is a Gumpy Cat movie a good move? Is this kitty gonna make bank at the box office?