Grumpy Cat Goes from Meme to Movie

But she's still not smiling

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Elizabeth Renstrom for TIME
Elizabeth Renstrom for TIME

Move over Garfield, Grumpy Cat is making the move to movies.

Grumpy Cat –the king of the internet cat meme – is breaking off from the computer screen and heading to the silver screen. Grumpy Cat’s agent has sold a one-picture deal for a Garfield-like feature film in which Grumpy Cat, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, will star and, yes, talk. Grumpy Cat is no stranger to the camera. The grouch’s official YouTube Channel has over 120,000 subscribers and over 20 million views.

While some may be surprised about the meme-to-movie path, Grumpy Cat is one of the most successful internet memes around. “This started off as a picture of a cat, but rare is an image that evokes that much comedy,” Todd Garner, one of the producers of the Grumpy Cat film told Deadline. “You read all of the memes and the comments, and one is funnier than the next. We think we can build a big family comedy around this character.”

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The movie deal is just another laurel in Grumpy Cat’s crown. The sour puss kitty has had a whirlwind year since a photo of her surly mug was posted on Reddit.com in September. Since then it’s been a swift ride to the top for Grumpy Cat. She was voted Meme of the Year at the 2013 Webby Awards, named the most influential cat of 2012 by MSNBC, a Meme of 2012 by Mashable, was the star of SXSW and has appeared on TV shows including Today, Good Morning America, CBS Evening News, Anderson Cooper Live, VH1 Morning Buzz and The Soup. The celebrated feline even stopped by TIME’s offices for a photo shoot.

Not that any of these accolades will turn that famous frown upside down.

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10 comments
ruzho
ruzho

Destined to failure.

GmayorSixtyone
GmayorSixtyone

GOD IS DEAD, WE KILLED HIM. 
WE KILLED HIM WITH THIS.
THIS IS OUR BLOODSTAINED WEAPON.

JohnnyVolare
JohnnyVolare

Awesome!

Hope there's a cameo or two for Pokey!

GaleMead
GaleMead

You know who needs to be cast as the voice of Grumpy Cat? April Winchell. She'd be perfect in the role.


TimandJaimeEdwards
TimandJaimeEdwards

maybe she's still grumpy because you keep refering to HER as  HIM.  Get it right. GC is a beautiful little GIRL 

DaltonRich
DaltonRich

QUEEN! SHE'S A QUEEN! NOT A KING!

TrickyLeBon
TrickyLeBon

@GaleMead Im thinking more of Jane Lynch voice for her..both interesting ideals though.