Looks like another beloved comic strip is being prepped for the big screen, and in this case, “big” is certainly the appropriate adjective. Marmaduke the mischievous Great Dane has been around since 1954, if you can believe it, but has never appeared on film (although he did appear in several episodes of the Heathcliff and Garfield and Friends cartoons). The folks at 20th Century Fox are currently looking at the best way to adapt the wacky hijinks of Marmaduke and the Winslow family, although they still haven’t decided whether or not to make Marmaduke real or CG (or a combination of both).
I can understand their dilemma. If Marley & Me hadn’t turned out to be such a big hit, they probably would have stuck to the Garfield/Alvin and the Chipmunks formula, but now the answer is not so clear. Personally I think live action is the only way to go, but I guess my opinion is irrelevant because there is a 0.000001% chance I will end up seeing this. Tom Dey (Shanghai Noon, Failure to Launch) is signed to direct, but seeing as the comic strip was created by a guy named Brad Anderson, I think director Brad Anderson (Transsiberian, The Machinist) should have been given a shot. Maybe he could have turned it into the next Cujo. Now that’s a movie I want to see.