Proving that the power of the internet is endless and that it can make a celebrity out of anybody, one of its biggest stars, the small feline commonly known as Grumpy Cat, is going to make her big screen debut in a big-budget production from the Lifetime network.
The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop that Grumpy Cat is going to be the star of a holiday movie that is going to showcase the high levels of grumpiness. Titled “Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever,” the production is set to be made after a script by Tim Hill, who also worked on SpongeBob Squarepants and Jeff Morris.
They are going to write a script about a pet-store cat that keeps getting overlooked in the adoption process for obvious reasons, but that finally finds a 12-year-old girl who understands her and can communicate with her.
Talking about the movie, Arturo Interian, the VP original movies Arturo Interian, says that “It brings fun and irreverence that we haven't had at Lifetime.” He also describes it as a mixture of “Home Alone” and “Die Hard.”
The cat will also get a voice in the movie, and the casting process for the actor who is going to provide that voice is still under way. Apart from Grumpy Cat, the movie is obviously going to feature other internet memes, although no names have been mentioned so far.
Ben Lashes, manager for Grumpy Cat (yes, we live in a day and age where internet memes have their own manager), thinks that the movie is the perfect venue for the cat turned famous by her grumpy face and that, with time, this movie is going to become a Christmas classic.
“When I go home for Christmas, there are movies that we always watch. It becomes a tradition. I like that aspect of Christmas movies,” says Ben, who also represents internet memes such as Keyboard Cat and Success Kid.
Previous reports about the movie pointed out that it was going to get the “Garfield treatment,” but it now looks more like “Dr. Doolittle” and maybe a dash of “Look Who's Talking.” Either way, it has all the premises to become a hit with the fans.
In real life, Grumpy Cat is known as Tard, which is short for Tardar Sauce, a misspelling of the famous condiment. The name was given to her because of the color of her fur. She spends most of her time at home in Phoenix, although she does make the occasional public appearance, like the one she did at the MTV Movie Awards in April.