'Heathcliff' Headed to the Big Screen in a CGI & Live Action Hybrid
by Ben Pearson
October 18, 2012
I have very faint memories of watching the animated Heathcliff series on television when I was a kid, but a whole new audience is about to experience the wise-cracking cat on the big screen. Waterman Entertainment, the company responsible for bringing Alvin and the Chipmunks, Stuart Little, and Casper to theaters, has acquired the screen rights for Heathcliff, based on the 1973 comic strip that was eventually turned into two animated series in the early 1980s. Waterman also plans to produce 13 original TV episodes starring the orange, furry feline who has a penchant for brawling and harassing city employees. More below!
For those of you who are unfamiliar, Wikipedia says Heathcliff "is an orange street smart cat, who spends most of his time trying to turn a dustbin over onto people's heads. Heathcliff is a real street cat who loves to fight anyone and everyone and will lie, cheat and steal to get himself some food, but beneath it all, he's a good guy." He's constantly trying to impress his girlfriend Sonja, and getting into skirmishes with other neighborhood cats named Knuckles and Spike. He's basically a hard-ass Garfield. Sounds like a great character for kids, right?
Waterman Entertainment is also responsible for the upcoming remake of The Brave Little Toaster, the concept of which has angered many fans of the original moreso than a lot of other remake stories recently. Not only that, they're the ones who are going to try to bring Mr. Ed (yep, the talking horse) to modern audiences in a fresh way, so yeah…good luck with that. Heathcliff sounds like the most palatable property for a remake of their recent acquisitions, so we'll see how long it takes to get this one off the ground.