Marmaduke Coming to Theaters--If He'll Ever Get Off His Owner's Lap!

March 6, 2009

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Hold on to your fucking huge pets! Fox is bringing Marmaduke, Brad Anderson's exceedingly lazy, unbearable, deservedly ridiculed comic about a giant dog repeatedly doing the same series of ten gags, to the big screen! And the fact that the comic is universally loathed, and that Beethoven was already Marmaduke several times over, isn't going to stop them:

The studio has signed director Tom Dey to develop a big-screen adaptation of "Marmaduke." Brad Anderson created the decades-running newspaper comic strip, about a mischievous Great Dane who lives with the Winslow family, in 1954. The big dog then appeared in several animated episodes of "Heathcliff" and "Garfield and Friends."

The studio declined comment on any specifics for the feature because the project is in the early stages of development.

It hasn't been decided whether "Marmaduke" will be live-action, animated or a mutt.

Marmaduke appeared in episodes of Heathcliff and Garfield and Friends? I didn't realize he was the funny page's equivalent of Rob Schneider.

Anyway, if there's anything positive to be taken from this, it's that at least we're one step closer to a Ziggy movie. Ziggy is also a terrible comic, but I look forward to seeing how his smooth, bulbous, pantsless form would translate to CGI. I imagine it being sort of like Paul Giamatti born from a nightmare.

(Thanks, Manny.)

'Marmaduke' heading to the big screen [THR]

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