After Hotel Transylvania and Hotel Transylvania 2, Sony Pictures have tasked director Genndy Tartakovsky with creating a new, feature length Popeye film in 3D CG animation.
Tartakovsky is a very good pick because he’s quite in love with the cartooning possibilities of CG. I know that he’ll have a great time with the extreme morphing that Popeye’s body can go through. Tartakosky wants to break the rigidity of the typical CG model and get it back to the unlimited potential he knows from pen and paper, and this is a great project for him to experiment with in that way.
The Licensing Expo is underway in Vegas right now and attendees are getting solicited by all of the exhibitors. Here’s what Sony are using as bait.
There’s a lot there that might weave a spell, but nothing so new and exciting as the Popeye image. So here it is in close-up.
That looks rather good. Certainly very stylised and distinctive, but true to Popeye.
If you’re concerned about the possibility of Adam Sandler doing Popeye’s voice, then so am I. But Sony haven’t announced any of the actors involved in the film just yet. There’s still hope.
And I wouldn’t expect Olive Oyl to be some simpering idiot waiting for muscle men to brawl over her. That wouldn’t wash today, if it ever did, and Tartakovsky knows it.
Popeye is set for release in 2016. It seems like Hotel Transylvania 2 will be along first, in September of 2015. Tartakovsky will then move onto something called Can You Imagine?, a project he’s conceived himself. He’s certainly industrious.