Lifetime is making a live-action TV-movie called "Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever," starring pop-culture phenomenon Grumpy Cat. According to a Hollywood Reporter article published on June 11, 2014, the movie will premiere on Lifetime in December 2014.
The actor who will have the voice of Grumpy Cat is to be announced. Tim Hill and Jeff Morris are writing the movie's screenplay, which is "about a pet-store cat that is perpetually overlooked and the 12-year-old girl who can communicate with her," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The other actors in the movie (which is being filmed this summer) are also to be announced.
Lifetime VP of original movies Arturo Interian told The Hollywood Reporter: "It brings fun and irreverence that we haven't had at Lifetime. We're so known for our heartfelt sentimentality that it will poke fun at those stereotypes."
Grumpy Cat (whose real name is Tardar Sauce) was born on April 4, 2012, and became an Internet sensation in 2012, when her owner Tabatha Bundesen's brother Bryan posted a photo of Grumpy Cat on Reddit. The cat's "grumpy" facial expression is due to cat dwarfism. The Grumpy Cat phenomenon has grown to include Grumpy Cat merchandising (which makes most of the money) and Grumpy Cat personal appearances. Bundesen siblings both help manage the Grumpy Cat business full time.
Grumpy Cat isn't the only cat who found fame on the Internet and went on to star in a movie. Lil Bubz (a cat whose tongue permanently sticks out due to a mouth deformity) was the subject of a documentary feature film called "Lil Bubz & Friendz," which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, where the movie won the Tribeca Online Festival award for Best Feature Film, for the festival movies that could be viewed by the public online during the festival. Grumpy Cat has a cameo in the movie.