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Heathcliff heading to the big screen

Waterman Entertainment (executive producer for Casper, Alvin And The Chipmunks, Stuart Little) has announced that it has acquired the film rights to the comic strip Healthcliff from Peter Gallagher who produces the comic strip. The strip will be a CGI/live action film.

From the press release:

“Their track record is impeccable. Casper, Stuart Little and Alvin are examples of incorporating elements that past audiences loved and adding a contemporary flair that makes these properties endure with a whole new generation. That is exactly what I was looking to achieve with Heathcliff. We want our existing fans to identify with the characters they know while introducing him to an entirely new audience. As a creator I know that they will be attentive to our lasting vision for the brand and welcome our input, which is very important to me,” said Gallagher.

Heathcliff was created in 1973 by George Gately who produced the strip until 2001 when his nephew, Peter took over the strip. The strip is syndicated through Creators Syndicate

Community Comments

#1 Mark Mason
October/18/2012
@ 9:45 am

I didn’t realize “Heathcliff” was still around. I suppose if it ends up direct-to-DVD that wouldn’t be so bad.

#2 birdie Birdashaw
October/18/2012
@ 10:00 am

I feel my childhood being raped again.

#3 Joel Bader
October/18/2012
@ 11:20 am

Does anyone remember the old Heathcliff/Marmaduke cartoon on television in the early 1980s? The animation wasn’t that hot, but I think the animated Heathcliff will beat the CGI/live action version which is being proposed. (I did not see the Marmaduke movie–it looked like a stinker on the movie poster, enough said!)

#4 Darryl Heine
October/18/2012
@ 1:35 pm

How about the mid 1980’s Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats cartoon series?

#5 Justin Riley
October/19/2012
@ 3:12 am

Uggh…. Not a fan of cgi/live action cartoons.

I loved that moment in Zombieland when Bill Murray is dying and says his one regret is Garfield.

I like Garfield and Heathcliff, but would much prefer full cgi.

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