We’re sure this news won’t make her very happy, but Grumpy Cat isn’t the only Internet celebrity to go Hollywood. Here’s a look at other memes and viral videos that were parlayed into movies and TV projects.
“Lil Bub & Friendz”
Happy cats get movies too! The seemingly more-upbeat Lil Bub premiered her documentary at the 2013 Tribeca Online Festival — and won Best Feature Film.
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The webcomic dreamed up by a five-year-old and his comic book creator brother is being adapted for Fox’s Saturday night Animation Domination.
“Safety Not Guaranteed”
The 2012 Mark Duplass-Aubrey Plaza indie grew out of an meme based on a classified ad requesting a time-travel partner.
Randall’s “The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger”
So nasty! Viral video and meme “The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger” cemented narrator Randall’s place in pop culture. The performer released a book and is developing a TV show.
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The deep, deep vocals of Zonday got him 91 million YouTube views and a licensing deals with Comedy Central and Dr. Pepper.
The baby that terrified the Internet went on to torment Calista Flockhart in “Ally McBeal.”
lonelygirl15, aka Bree, aka Jessica Rose, managed to fool millions with her drama involving “The Order.” Rose has since appeared on “Greek,” “Casting Couch,” “Chronicles of Man Child” and “Look at Me.”
Chris Crocker’s “Leave Britney Alone” video brought the teen notoriety, along with several small TV deals. In 2012, he and his experiences became the subject of the documentary “Me at the Zoo.”
An interview about a home invasion was auto-tuned by the Gregory Brothers, turning Antoine Dodson into an Internet sensation. “Bed Intruder Song” has over 115 million views on YouTube, sold thousands of copies on iTunes and even placed on the Billboard Hot 100 list. In 2010, Dodson performed the number live with the Gregory Brothers at the BET Hip Hop Awards.
Boo, “The World’s Cutest Dog”
Boo, “The World’s Cutest Dog,” managed to parlay a haircut into a book deal and a merchandising agreement. The pooch become the “spokesdog” for Virgin America. Boo has over 6 million fans on Facebook.
Marquese ‘Nonstop’ Scott
Marquese ‘Nonstop’ Scott nabbed over 88 million views with his dance vid to Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks.” After appearing on “Ellen,” Scott scored ad deals and guested on “So You Think You Can Dance” and “America’s Got Talent.” He is now a choreographer and has worked with Adele on the “Set Fire to the Rain” vid.