This is probably of much interest to the many webcartoonists (including yours truly) obsessed with GARFIELD as kids. I’m glad the fat orange tabby cat’s finally getting a movie, but the casting makes me feel strange.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER has the scoop.
Meyer, Hewitt top cats in ‘Garfield’
Feb. 28, 2003
Jon Arbuckle, the perpetually single owner of Garfield the cat in the long-running comic strip, is about to get a live-action face in Breckin Meyer. The actor is in negotiations to star as Arbuckle in 20th Century Fox’s big-screen live-action/CGI adaptation of “Garfield,” with Jennifer Love Hewitt finalizing a deal to play his love interest. Peter Hewitt is directing the project, which John Davis is producing through his Davis Entertainment. A March start date is being planned. The comic strip centers on a rotund orange- and black-striped cat named Garfield, his dull-witted canine cohort Odie and owner Arbuckle. The 27-pound feline, first published in 1978, is known for his laziness, wry remarks and love of lasagna. The script, written by “Toy Story” scribes Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow, focuses on the rivalry between Garfield and Odie. The feature is live-action, with a computer-generated Garfield. Meyer, repped by the Gersh Agency, Brillstein-Grey Entertainment and attorney David Webber, has numerous film and television credits to his name, including the features “Kate & Leopold,” “Rat Race,” “Road Trip” and “Go.” Jennifer Love Hewitt, repped by CAA, recently wrapped shooting Intermedia Films’ “If Only.” (Zorianna Kit)