Genndy Tartakovsky Leaving Sony Pictures Animation's 'Popeye'
Last fall brought some test footage from Sony Pictures Animation's adaptation of the classic cartoon Popeye. "Dexter's Laboratory" and "Samurai Jack" creator Genndy Tartakovsky has been attached to this film since 2012, and it's been expected in theaters sometime in 2016. But now it sounds like the film might be in trouble as Tartakovsky has delivered some bad news. It sounds like the Tartakovsky isn't working on the film anymore, as he spoke with Moviefone on the status of the project and revealed that due to some changes at the studio itself, they may not be interested in the kind of Popeye he wanted to make.
Here's what Tartakovsky said about the gestating project:
"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."
That doesn't sound promising at all. But at the same time, that test animation we saw last year was just that. The feature film hadn't even been greenlit at that time. Tartakovsky said last year, "I’m kind of hoping that the reaction [to the test footage] from animation fans will be so loud and so strong that Sony will be eager to put Popeye into production." And now it looks like we have our answer. Maybe Sony Pictures Animation figured out there wasn't the demand for an old school cartoon like "Popeye" to just get translated to the big screen in this way. Instead, you can watch the teaser trailer for Hotel Transylvania 2 right here. Bummed?