Sunday, September 18, 2022

Sony Shifts 'Garfield' Movie To May 24, 2024

Sony Pictures delays the release of its upcoming animated adaptation of Garfield, which is set to star Chris Pratt as the lasagna-loving orange cat.

Sony Pictures has delayed the release of its upcoming Garfield theatrical movie starring Chris Pratt.

As reported by Variety, Sony will shift the release of Garfield from its original release date of Feb. 16, 2024, which is now the new release date for Madame Web, to Memorial Day weekend on May 24, 2024.

Sony's new release date for Garfield comes after news that the film would release in February 2024. A reason for the delay was not provided.

Written by David Reynolds and directed by Mark Dindal, the upcoming untitled animated Garfield film has been in development since late 2018, before Nickelodeon acquired the Garfield franchise in August 2019. Pratt's casting in the lead role as the eponymous orange feline was announced in 2021.

The movie is based on the classic comic strip by Jim Davis, who sold the rights to financer/producer Alcon Entertainment (Blade Runner: Black Lotus) and will serve as executive producer. DNEG (Ron’s Gone Wrong) is producing the animation.

It was announced in May that Samuel L. Jackson (Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank, Incredibles) had joined the cast of the animated film as Vic, Garfield's father, a new character created for the film. Joining Pratt and Jackson are Ving Rhames (Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Wendell & Wild), Nicholas Hoult (The Great, Watership Down), Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso, Krapopolis) and Cecily Strong (Saturday Night Live, Loafy). Details on which characters the stars will play have not been revealed, though other fan-favorite characters like Garfield's canine friend Odie and their owner Jon Arbuckle are expected to appear in the film as well.

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Originally published: September 18, 2022.

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