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Well blow me down: Genndy Tartakovsky's animated Popeye film is no more

03.13.2015

It’s been a while since we last heard about Genndy Tartakovsky’s animated POPEYE film and now we know why: it’s not happening. During a recent interview to discuss HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 the director revealed that he was no longer working on the film due to Sony moving in a different direction.

"Popeye," at least, we put up a great screening, everybody really liked that sizzle, we got a positive reaction. I was in love with what we were doing, but I think the studio is going through changes and I don't know if they want to make the "Popeye" that I want to make. So they've got to make a decision. Right now, I'm off that project and moving on to the other one that we soft-announced, which is "Can You Imagine?" which is an original idea of my own and a very personal story. It was hard to let "Popeye" go, but that's the business.

Following the Sony hacking scandal, the company underwent a restructuring in an effort to right their sinking ship and to make new additions to their staff. One such addition was the hiring of former DreamWorks producer Kristine Belson as the new president of the Sony Pictures Animation division. It was said that Belson was wanting to put her own stamp on the division which would lead to some of the previously-announced pictures being retooled or perhaps cancelled altogether. Sadly, it looks like POPEYE was one of those casualties

I thought that the animation demo released last year showed a lot of promise; the physical comedy and slapstick really brought back memories of watching the old Popeye cartoons. The decision to remove Popeye’s customary pipe was irksome, although I can at least understand why they thought that’d be right, but the removal of his anchor tattoos was a little more confusing. Those may seem like small things but…they’re really a big part of who Popeye is. Political correctness be damned.

It’s possible that POPEYE will resurface in some form, just not with Genndy Tartakovsky at the helm. CAN YOU IMAGINE?, the other film Tartakovsky mentioned in his interview, is said to deal with a "fantastic journey through one boy’s imagination". Sounds a little similar to Pixar's upcoming INSIDE OUT but I guess we'll have to wait and see. Meanwhile his latest film, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2, opens in theaters on September 25, 2015.

Source: Moviefone

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12:04PM on 03/15/2015
Just wait until the Peanuts movie makes $150 million. Popeye will go back to being greenlit faster than you can say "Well blow me down!"
Just wait until the Peanuts movie makes $150 million. Popeye will go back to being greenlit faster than you can say "Well blow me down!"
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2:26AM on 03/15/2015
doesn't mean we won't see the final movie, joblo with there bs headlines again, what is fact is the director is off the movie, THATS IT, not that we won't see some version of it
doesn't mean we won't see the final movie, joblo with there bs headlines again, what is fact is the director is off the movie, THATS IT, not that we won't see some version of it
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12:44AM on 03/14/2015
The test was really awful. Not the animation, but the tone. Sony did good cutting this one loose. There was no way this was going to work
The test was really awful. Not the animation, but the tone. Sony did good cutting this one loose. There was no way this was going to work
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2:22AM on 03/15/2015
how so? were you there?
how so? were you there?
7:59PM on 03/13/2015
Aww, man. I was really looking forward to watching Popeye.
Aww, man. I was really looking forward to watching Popeye.
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7:39PM on 03/13/2015
Well have to say if that was the test footage I am glad they scrapped it, because that was not popeye, no pipe, no tattoos, no spinach! seriously.
Well have to say if that was the test footage I am glad they scrapped it, because that was not popeye, no pipe, no tattoos, no spinach! seriously.
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