Bad news for Genndy Tartakovsky as it appears the reason we’ve heard so little about his PopEye flick is that it’s not actually happened, all production has been cut and cancelled. In a recent interview about the up and coming Hotel Transylvania 2, the famous animator spoke out about the abandoned flick, as Sony decided to move in a different direction. Here’s what he had to say;
“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. 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. It was hard to let “Popeye” go, but that’s the business”.
Apparently, when the hacking scandal went down and DreamWorks producer Kristine Belson became the new company president, she was determined to stamp her own mark into the company, making some films a priority over others. It appears then, PopEye is just another casualty of Sony’s shortcomings. While I can’t say I ever was or am a PopEye fan, the animation test really didn’t look too terrible at all, so it’s sad to hear it’s not going to get any recognition for the efforts. While this news doesn’t mean there won’t ever be a PopEye movie from Sony, it just means Tartakovsky wont be involved. Still, his latest flick Hotel Transylvania 2 hits theatres on September 25!