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Sony Animation Picks Director Genndy Tartakovsky for ‘Popeye’

Written by Alexander Tucker   // 06/25/2012

Genndy TartakovskyForty-two-year-old, Russian Director, Genndy Tartakovsky, who makes his feature directorial debut with Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania later this year, will direct Popeye next.


Announced for development late last year, Sony Pictures Animation is moving forward with a CGI take on Popeye.  For those who don’t know, Popeye was created by E.C. Segar. Popeye first appeared in the already established “Thimble Theater” comic strip in 1929. Introduced as a walk-on character, Popeye eventually became the strip’s star. In 1933, The Fleischers began to produce animated Popeye cartoons which through the 1940s. The sailor man also came to the big screen in 1980 with Robert Altman directing and Robin Williams in the lead — which turned out to be a mess and a huge flop.



Genndy TartakovskyAvi Arad (a name you’ll recognize if you’ve seen, oh, just about any Marvel movie) is producing with his son, Ari, while Jay Scherick and David Ronn (Zookeeper, The Smurfs) were commissioned to work on the screenplay. There’s no word on what exactly they’ll be shaping a story around, with the obvious exception of a seaman who enjoys the consumption of spinach and defending the honor of his true love, Olive Oyl.




Meanwhile, Michelle Raimo and Michael Lachance are overseeing the project for Sony Pictures Animation. No production schedule was released. Popeye comes to theaters in 2013.


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