Heathcliff the Cat Returning to a Screen Near You
by Rose Martelli Jun 3rd 2009 4:00PM
Photo: Everett Collection
To paraphrase that cantankerous cat's cartoon theme song: Heathcliff just won't be undone.
Look for a comeback from the famous feline character, as EW.com reports that a freshly inked Hollywood deal has put into motion plans for family animation studio Magic Lantern Entertainment to develop anything and everything from yet another Heathcliff TV series to direct-to-DVD releases -- perhaps even a live-action feature film.
While the Heathcliff comic strip continues to run in print, the tabby cat hasn't seen the light of a TV of movie screen since the mid-1980s.
Producers behind the deal are probably purring over the $75+ million grossed back in 2004 by Garfield: The Movie -- although its sequel, Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties, grossed a relatively kitty-sized $28 million.
The original Heathcliff strip, created by cartoonist George Gately, debuted in 1973. Today the strip is written and drawn by Gately's nephew, Peter Gallagher. According to reports, the first new Heathcliff product to come out of the deal will likely be an animated DVD to be released in 2011.[QUOTE]
I used to love Heathcliff as a kid. I know I will hope for a new show I'd love to watch him again in his own cartoon. I still read him in the Sunday funnies.