Sony’s ‘Popeye’ Loses Director Genndy Tartakovsky

Popeye Loses Director

It looks like Genndy Tartakovsky won’t be directing Sony’s adaptation of “Popeye,” after all.

The director told Moviefone that he’s “off that project” essentially over a difference of opinion in the direction the movie was headed. However, the film is still in active development, according to Sony Pictures Animation.

“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,” he told Moviefone. “So they’ve got to make a decision.”

Those changes include Tom Rothman stepping in as chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment following Amy Pascal’s ousting. Sony Pictures Digital president Bob Osher was fired soon thereafter, and DreamWorks Animation producer Kristine Belson was hired to take a newly created post as president of Sony Pictures Animation in two other shakeups following the Sony hacking attack.

Tartakovsky, whose “Hotel Transylvania 2” hits theaters on September 25, says that he’s now working on the animated film “Can You Imagine?”

“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,” he said. “It was hard to let ‘Popeye’ go, but that’s the business.”

Sony released CGI-animated test footage of “Popeye” last September. It included a behind-the-scenes look at Tartakovsky at work and an interview in which he said he was “destined” to make the film.

“Popeye” was slated for release in 2016.

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  1. claudius says:

    have you seen what is written he said the studio is going through changes that sony doesnt want what was shown what sony wants is something worse cause their changing in comedy animation style and i thought it wasnt that bad sure it needed work but it was only a test run of 1 min footage all they had to do was add his pipe tattoo change his voice and have popeye fight back because the comedy was on point and his face didnt look bad it does look like popeye, big chin, small skull, one eye = popeye DUH the movie just needs to be fixed is all

  2. Rick&morty✌ says:

    Popeye the sailor needs an animated movie, he is a classic and has’nt been around for many years if they make a movie he will regain his popularity and they better include his pipe and anchor tatoos popeye is supposed to be a bad ass and should have the style of the old fleischer cartoons in the 1930s cant wait for it to come out and jim carrey should voice popeye he did a good impression in imposter so yeah hopefully its good.

  3. CVNOV15 says:

    Tartakovsky’s rendition of Popeye is the complete opposite to the character’s original traits: tough, strong and never backs down from other tough guys. It isn’t fun at all to watch Popeye becoming all so yellow and running away from bad guys instead of taking them head on and giving everyone knuckle sandwiches.

    I don’t see the point of removing the pipe since that’s what give Popeye his “pop eye” look, the titular song also won’t be complete without his trademark whistling pipe.

    Jeez, cartoons these days are becoming “too serious” to be enjoyable and I doubt Sony Animation’s take on Popeye will be a enjoyable ride with every slapsticks and punch outs getting toned down just to please every parents out there.

    And like Clint Eastwood said, “We live in more of a pussy generation now, where everybody’s become used to saying, ‘Well, how do we handle it psychologically?’ ”

  4. jen says:

    EVERYONE was so upset with his rendition of Popeye..he looked horrible, no tattoos, no pipe, the voice was just horrible. If they don’t get Billy West this film is done like it is now. Its your fault Sony. Popeyes face was hideous.

  5. Alex says:

    Man, I was really excited for this movie. Im a huge fan of old school cartoons from back in the day, but now it might be filled with a bunch of stupid modern pop culture humor now.

  6. Touree says:

    I hope they find someone to direct it that can tell a story.

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