Bill Murray was never a fat cat — until now. Comic has inked to voice the role of Garfield the Cat in the upcoming “Garfield” pic for Twentieth Century Fox.
Pic, based on the comic strip, features a sardonic cat who must tolerate the indignity of being saddled with a nebbish owner (Breckin Meyer) and a nitwit dog as housemates.
Drawn by Jim Davis, “Garfield” marks its 25th anniversary on June 19, having debuted in 1978 in 41 U.S. newspapers. Today it is one of the most widely syndicated strips in the world, appearing in 2,570 newspapers in 111 countries.
Helmer Peter Hewitt (“Thunderpants”) directs the live-action/CGI adaptation, which was penned by “Toy Story” scribes Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow.
Davis senior VP Brian Manis brought the property to the company and will exec produce with company president Wyck Godfrey. Pic is produced by John Davis.
Murray, repped by CAA, also appears in the Focus Features distribbed “Lost in Translation” — the latest pic by Sofia Coppola. Other recent credits include 2001’s “The Royal Tenenbaums” at Disney’s Touchstone banner and comedy “Speaking of Sex” for StudioCanal.