We’ve known for a while that director Genndy Tartakovsky was planning a Popeye movie at Sony and, given his work on the original Clone Wars animated series and Hotel Transylvania, we were certainly curious.
Alas, it’s not to be.
The director has revealed the below ‘sizzle reel’ for the movie and said: “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…It was hard to let Popeye go, but that’s the business.”
It looks like all the recent turmoil at Sony, including the departure of Digital Productions president Bob Osher and Amy Pascal, has had a negative knock on that even a big can of spinach can’t fix.
But he’s busy on other things, once he is done with Hotel Transylvania 2 he will be doing Can You Imagine?, which he says is “an original idea of my own and a very personal story”.
You can check out what he had put together below…