Grumpy Cat Signs Movie Deal, Will Be the Next GarfieldS

Good news for people who like good news about cats who like bad news: Grumpy Cat, the Internet's most beloved foul-tempered feline, has signed a deal to star in a "Garfield-like" family movie about a talking cat.

Grumpy Cat's rep Al Hassas and manager Ben Lashes (a cat with a manager and a rep — what an age we live in!) have joined forces with Todd Garner and Sean Robins of Broken Road Productions (Zookeeper, Jack and Jill) to package the as-yet-untitled magnum opus.

In fact, all that is known about the film so far is that Grumpy — whose real name is Tarder Sauce, or Tard for short — will be live-action rather than animated.

"This started off as a picture of a cat, but rare is an image that evokes that much comedy," Garner 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."

For her part, Grumpy is no stranger to the spotlight: Named the "most influential cat of 2012" by MSNBC, she's fresh off of winning a Webby Award for Meme of the Year.

[H/T: Uproxx, Nerdcore, image via MikeHandyArt @ RedBubble]