I blame this on the people who paid to see the GARFIELD movies.
Waterman Entertainment, who recently announced a remake of THE BRAVE LITTLE TOASTER, are adapting HEATHCLIFF, the popular newspaper comic strip. That’s right, HEATHCLIFF. Who is he, you might ask? Well, remember Garfield? He’s pretty much like Garfield but…okay, he’s exactly like Garfield.
This isn’t the cat’s first brush with fame, of course. There were two TV series based on the character back in 1980 and 1984. Waterman plans a CGI/live action film and a 13 episode series to air on a yet-to-be-decided network.
Writer and artist Peter Gallagher on the plans:
“We want our existing fans to identify with the characters they know while introducing him to an entirely new audience. As a creator I know that they will be attentive to our lasting vision for the brand and welcome our input, which is very important to me”
We’ve now come to the point when any cartoon or comic property has become a possible adaptation. Nothing against Heathcliff but you have to admit no one was dying for a big screen take on the character. But after THE SMURFS, GARFIELD, YOGI BEAR and other upcoming features, it seems Hollywood is dying to convert anything kid-related into cash.
I might not be excited for HEATHCLIFF but I’m definitely on board for GARFIELD VS. HEATHCLIFF. Whoever wins, we lose.
Thanks to Deadline for the news.