Every once in a while, something becomes so popular that it’s only a matter of time before someone decides to try and make it into a movie…even if it’s not something that has any business becoming a movie.
Some of these things, for example, would be popular TV commercial characters like the Geico cavemen or the E*Trade baby. Neither has actually become a movie yet, but you get the idea.
And now we get into the world of internet memes. Countless memes have come and gone—many of which consisting of one constant image being recycled with new text—and one of the most popular of them all is Grumpy Cat.
Todd Garner and Sean Robins of Broken Road Productions, the banner behind movies like Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Jack & Jill, and Zookeeper, along with Grumpy Cat’s (whose real name is Tardar Sauce) manager Ben Lashes and representative Al Hassas, have put together a package to pitch to potential studios that centers on the ever unhappy feline, but in a way similar to the live-action Garfield movies that would see the cat spouting off what’s assumed will be line after grumpy and sarcastic line.
Of the news, Garner said:
“This started off as a picture of a cat, but rare is an image that evokes that much comedy. You read all of the memes and the comments, and one is funnier than the next. We think we can build a big family comedy around this character.”
If your only question to all of this is “why?” all You need do is look at the numbers. Grumpy Cat’s YouTube channel has over 20,000,000 views and 120,000 subscribers, and his Facebook page has 930,000 like and two million weekly visits. But if the plan is to make a family friendly comedy, it won’t be a movie that steps anywhere near the darker and undeniably more funny memes featuring the cat. Instead, it will likely play more like Eeyore the movie…featuring newcomer Grumpy Cat in the role of Eeyore.
Do you think a Grumpy Cat family comedy could work?