Tuesday 26 June 2012

Genndy Tartakovsky Set to Direct CG Popeye for Sony

Sony Pictures Animation are clearly taken with what Samurai Jack creator Genndy Tartakovsky is doing with Hotel Transylvania, as Variety reports that he has been re-enlisted to direct a computer animated Popeye film!

The script for Popeye will be penned by David Ronn and Jay Scherick (The Smurfs) with Avi and Ari Arad's Arad Productions producing. Tartakovsky will start full-time on the project when Hotel Transylvania (released 28th September, US and 12th October, UK) is wrapped, and when he's finished on his long-in-production feature adaptation of Samurai Jack, the cult-hit series he created for Cartoon Network.

The spinach-consuming sailor has been adapted for the screen before, but never particularly successfully, and Sony look to change that with a 3D version of the well-known character. Between this and Illumination Entertainment's planned Woody Woodpecker feature, older characters are getting a lot of love at the moment.

Via Cartoon Brew.

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