Marvel's Avi Arad Secures Rights for a CGI Popeye Movie

September 24, 2009


Yesterday we keyed you in on some updates regarding a whole slew of Marvel properties from Ghost Rider to Daredevil. Well within that Variety article was a lot of information thrown around concerning all the reboots of franchises and tying most of them back to Marvel Studios founder and chief creative officer of Marvel Entertainment, Avi Arad. The guy has had his hands in all Marvel productions, but a little tidbit that almost went overlooked regarding a project Arad is working on outside of the Marvel universe: "Arad has also secured rights to make a CGI animated feature based on the venerable strongman Popeye."

Popeye the Sailor Man has been an iconic comic character since its inception in the late 1920's, but an attempt at a cinematic adaptation of the spinach eating sailor left something to be desired. Hollywood legends Robert Evans and the late Robert Altman producing and directing respectively couldn't exactly find their footing with the film starring Robin Williams as Popeye. While it is considered by many to be a cult classic, some believe it is one of the worst films of all time. But with decades of comic strips and cartoon series at his disposal, Arad might to be able to find something to entice audiences, especially with CGI.

Of course, I can't say I'm excited, because like 99.9% of everything that's being greenlit in Hollywood right now it's based on some previous intellectual property, and other old cartoons and comics like The Smurfs, Yogi Bear, Honk Kong Phooey and maybe eventually The Jetsons are just fueling the the trend machine that we can't seem to turn off. But who knows, maybe CG is the right approach to properties like this, and we might get something fun out of it. As long as they don't get "Full House's" Dave Coulier to voice Popeye.

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  • Robbie
    Popeye rocks!
  • CGI Popeye can be really funny... But I am afraid they can create something horrible as well...
  • branden
    "As long as they don't get "Full House's" Dave Coulier to voice Popeye." Nice. He did a good impression though...
  • DJSil3nt
    Oh dear God, make it stop.
  • TediusTed
    They better not f*kup Eugene the magical jeep!
  • Spider94
    coming up next charlie brown the live action movie! starring seth rogen!
  • nev
    heres something hollywood should do a Sonic The Hedgehog CGI movie
  • OCP
    Robin Williams's Popeye is the only Popeye for me
  • Trey
    The Family guy episode with Popeye said his huge forearms were the results of un-treated
  • PanPan
    There already was a CGI Popeye film back in 2004. Popeye's Voyage: The Quest For Pappy.
  • snickers
    Ugh, Popeye? No thanks.




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