Heathcliff Film & TV Rights Acquired by Legendary

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Heathcliff Film & TV Rights Acquired by Legendary

Legendary just announced that it has acquired the film and television rights to Heathcliff, the comic strip featuring the wisecracking feline.

Legendary has acquired the film and television rights to Heathcliff, the comic strip featuring the scruffy, wisecracking alley cat. The strip was created by George Gately in 1973, and ran in thousands of newspapers at the height of its popularity. In the 1970s and 1980s, Heathcliff ruled the funny pages, alongside Garfield, another feline-focused comic strip. The character was previously adapted for two different animated television series: Heathcliff (1980-1984) and Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats (1984-1987), both of which featured animation icon Mel Blanc as the voice of Heathcliff.

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According to THR, Legendary plans to develop both a feature film and a television series simultaneously. The comic strip is now written and drawn by Gately’s nephew, Peter Gallagher. It is published in over 1,000 newspapers and has more than 80 million daily readers. Gallagher will act as a producer with Steve Waterman, who has served as an executive producer on family favorites such as Stuart Little (1999), and the Alvin and the Chipmunks movies.

Based on Waterman’s previous film adaptions of comics, the new Heathcliff film will likely be CGI/live action. But the essence of the character will likely be preserved as Waterman is working closely with Gallagher, the author and illustrator of the strip. Although it is unclear what the new television series will look like, it is possible that it will be animated. Release dates for the new film and series have not been announced, so fans will have to wait for more information. Regardless, the prospect of seeing a new iteration of Heathcliff on the big and small screens is nostalgic and exciting. Viewers of all ages can look forward to seeing their favorite cartoon cat in new stories that are relevant to the modern world.

Source: THR

Steven Herrera is a news writer for Screen Rant with a passion for film and television. A graduate of the University of Southern California, he studied business and earned an entertainment certificate from the School of Cinematic Arts. He wrote for his high school newspaper, and his passion for movies led him to work at a movie theater. An avid reader who constantly checks out books from the library, Steven enjoys storytelling in all of its forms. He likes films from many different genres, especially ’80s horror.

According to THR, Legendary plans to develop both a feature film and a television series simultaneously. The comic strip is now written and drawn by Gately’s nephew, Peter Gallagher. It is published in over 1,000 newspapers and has more than 80 million daily readers. Gallagher will act as a producer with Steve Waterman, who has served as an executive producer on family favorites such as Stuart Little (1999), and the Alvin and the Chipmunks movies.

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