Garfield Sequel on Fox Plate

Daily Variety reports that the orange tabby with a taste for lasagna is set to make another trip to the big screen. SpongeBob SquarePants Movie scribe Tim Hill has reportedly been signed to direct a sequel to 20th Century Fox’s 2004 live-action Garfield: The Movie, which starred a computer-generated version of the famous fat cat from Jim Davis’ long-running comic strip.

While it wasn’t the huge success Fox was counting on, Garfield earned a respectable $75 million domestically and picked up another $114 million internationally before going on to collect more scratch on home video.

Effects house Rhythm & Hues, which created the CG Scooby-Doo for Warner Bros.’ recent big-screen series, also got its paws on Garfield for his 3D debut. Bill Murray (Lost in Translation, Osmosis Jones) lent his voice to the title character in the first Garfield movie, but there has been no word on whether or not he’ll return for the sequel.

Hill previously directed Columbia Pictures’ Muppets in Space and Disney’s Max Keeble’s Big Move, and wrote and produced installments of Nickelodeon’s Action League Now!! He and Tim Rubiner also sold an animated comedy pitch titled Game Over to Warner Bros., according to the trade.