Chris Pratt’s Garfield Movie Just Hit A Snag

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The Chris Pratt Garfield movie has had its release date moved back months.

By Matthew Creith
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American actor Chris Pratt has seen his career move from television appearances to full-throttle superhero space adventurer in the last two decades or so. With hit shows like Everwood, The O.C., and Parks and Recreation under his belt, Pratt solidified himself in the television arena before moving into the superstardom as part of the well-received Marvel Cinematic Universe playing Peter Quill aka Star-Lord in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as its subsequent sequels. Now, it appears that Chris Pratt’s newest voice-over project playing the titular cat in Garfield may be experiencing some troubling times since the film’s release date has hit a snag and has had to move to a more definitive opening day weekend.

According to a report by CBR.com, Chris Pratt’s newest adaptation of the popular Garfield film series has had its release date moved from Feb. 16, 2024 to May 24, 2024. This shift is being handled by Sony, who is most likely banking on the higher box office take from Madame Web, which will be part of Sony’s Spider-Man Universe, releasing on February 16, and will star Dakota Johnson, Sydney Sweeney, Emma Roberts, Adam Scott, and Zosia Mamet. Garfield, on the other hand, is a computer-animated comedy where Chris Pratt will voice the famous feline Garfield opposite other voice-over performances from Pulp Fiction actor Samuel L. Jackson, Mission: Impossible’s Ving Rhames, The Great star Nicholas Hoult, Ted Lasso breakout Hannah Waddingham, and Saturday Night Live veteran comedian Cecily Strong.

Even though the Chris Pratt-led Garfield movie will see its release date pushed back a little in 2024, it is set to open during the often coveted Memorial Day weekend, a good time for movies when most schools are closed and kids are flocking to theaters to watch the newest film to be released. Sony apparently looks to be establishing itself for that year’s summer blockbuster season, particularly with entries like the newest Karate Kid movie, which will be opening in theaters on June 7, 2024 and will be unrelated to the popular Netflix series Cobra Kai. Garfield, on the other hand, will have to contend with other high-profile films debuting the same Memorial Day weekend in 2024, including the Mad Max prequel entitled Furiosa starring Chris Hemsworth and Anya Taylor-Joy, as well as Paramount’s John Krasinski and Ryan Reynolds collaboration, IF.

Besides the newly moved Chris Pratt vehicle, Garfield, the actor has many other projects lined up that will be released in the next year or so. After appearing in brief scenes in this summer’s Thor: Love and Thunder as Star-Lord, Pratt will next be featured in Jame Gunn’s television special The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, opening on Disney+ this December. He will be reprising his same role for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, releasing May 2023, and preparing to start filming for Joe and Anthony Russo in their newest film, The Electric State, alongside Strangers Things star Millie Bobby Brown, Everything Everywhere All at Once actor Michelle Yeoh, and Succession lead Brian Cox.