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Facepalm: Grumpy Cat Internet Meme Gets 'Garfield' Style Film Deal

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May 30, 2013

Grumpy Cat

It's time for this week's edition of "This is why we can't have nice things." Just earlier this month, we were surprised to see that the restaurant of Medieval Times was getting a feature film adaptation, proving that Hollywood doesn't just need TV shows, novels, comic books, video games, toys and board games for weak film ideas. But now it gets worse as Deadline reports the Internet meme known simply as Grumpy Cat is in the midst of a feature film deal being put together by Broken Road and the representatives of the sourfaced feline which has become an Internet sensation and Meme of the Year at the 2013 Webby Awards. Read on!

If you don't know Grumpy Cat (real name, Tartar Sauce), then you can educate yourself right here, and also see evidence of the cat hard at work in various images online. The feature film deal being put together would make Grumpy Cat a talking animal along the lines of Garfield, and you can see where this idea is going from there. Deadline also gives a rundown of just how expansive and popular Grumpy Cat has become:

"[Grumpy Cat was named] most influential cat of 2012 by MSNBC, a most important Meme of 2012 by Mashable, and has appeared on such TV shows including Today, Good Morning America, CBS Evening News, Anderson Cooper Live, VH1 Morning Buzz and The Soup.

In March, Grumpy Cat was deemed the star of South by Southwest-i by news outlets. The appearances drew lines of thousands of people that spanned for blocks. Grumpy Cat received more social mentions in four days than anyone else at SXSWi.

The cat’s official Facebook has more than 930,000 likes and a weekly reach well over 2 million. The official YouTube Channel has over 120,000 subscribers and over 20 million views. Grumpy Cat stars in a collection of webisodes in partnership with Friskies and the Will Kitty Play With It series. Grumpy Cat merchandise sells at Walmart, Hot Topic, Thinkgeek and many other retail stores. Licenses include Chronicle Books, Gund, Ripple Junction, Buckle Down, T Line, ATNY, Ultra Pro, 99 Cent Brains and more."

I'd like to meet the person who has to determine who the most influential cat is every single year at MSNBC. Anyway, you can't deny the appeal of Grumpy Cat, but turning the pet into a talking feature film star will likely take the charm away from what just some simple images have turned into on the web. People have made the meme their own, using it for various jokes, often in image form. Funnily enough, the image actually perfectly emulates the way I feel about a Grumpy Cat movie. We're hoping that this is one of those feature film deals that just falls to the wayside and never gets spoken of again. If Garfield didn't pan out with Bill Murray as the orange cat, then what's going to make this nonsense work? Thoughts?

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Reader Feedback - 27 Comments

1

I've never even heard of this cat. Ugh I'm not getting a good vibe from this

N. on May 30, 2013

2

Stop living in a cave! This cat has been seen by millions posted on Facebook and other internet virals.

The Truth on May 30, 2013

3

I don't go on Facebook and this is about the only website I go to I've spent my whole life making my own world and putting it on paper Im sorry if I haven't heard of a Cat that was made famous by its owners for a little kick. To each his/her own I suppose

N. on May 30, 2013

4

stop.

ColtNoir on May 30, 2013

5

Stop what there is nothing to start

N. on May 30, 2013

6

And this is what IDIOCRACY was all about.

capitandelespacio on May 30, 2013

7

Coming this Fall, OUCH MY BALLS!!!.

DAVIDPD on May 30, 2013

8

"Grumpy Cat Vampire Hunter"

capitandelespacio on May 30, 2013

9

It should be a PG slasher film where people are stalked by Grumpy Cat. Then I would watch it.

OfficialJab on May 30, 2013

10

Why the facepalm, I love this cat. To those who have never heard of it, stop living in a cave.

qwqwrq on May 30, 2013

11

Oh Ive heard of it, and it is going to suck!

Jimmy Love on May 30, 2013

12

This sounds like a joke they'd make on 30 Rock.

Snev De la Fontaine on May 30, 2013

13

I don't want to live in this world anymore...

Fidel Reyes on May 30, 2013

14

Where else is there?

mistermysteryguest on May 31, 2013

15

"Asgard!" *says it with Thor voice*

Fidel Reyes on May 31, 2013

16

Sounds like it's going to be like Ted... with a twist: Ted is a cat. A Grumpy Cat!

Isildur_of_Numenor on May 30, 2013

17

I knew this was coming! Whoever owns this cat is going to be very rich!

The Truth on May 30, 2013

18

Well shit....Its not a remake or a reboot.....its almost an original idea.......but not really. As long as memes are legit fodder for movies, can we make a Movie about the "Aliens" guy from the history channel?

Brian Sleider on May 30, 2013

19

Now I'd watch that

N. on May 30, 2013

20

The cat's name is Tardar Sauce. The owners never won spelling bees.

Tim Marshall on May 30, 2013

21

they meant to spell it that way...Tard for short

CTP_1969 on May 30, 2013

22

Yes, they meant to spell it that way because they were trying for tartar sauce and they even acknowledged that they misspelled it, but by that time it was too late to change it- Tard had stuck.

Tim Marshall on May 31, 2013

23

Dis iz so dumf.

Guest on May 30, 2013

24

This is just sad and further proof that Hollywood has no good ideas left.

IamSlave on May 30, 2013

25

i love this cat, but i oppose the movie idea. she is just fine where she's at.

CTP_1969 on May 30, 2013

26

No.

Triton on May 30, 2013

27

THE GRUMPY CAT MOVIE SUCKED. GOOD.

mistermysteryguest on May 31, 2013

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