For those of you who follow animation, you know the name Genndy Tartakovsky. For those of you who simply like cartoons, you know the work of Genndy Tartakovsky, and everyone knows who Popeye the Sailor Man is. So in the mathematical equations of Hollywood, this is an odds on favorite to be a winner.
Tartakovsky has created some of the most renowned cartoons of his generation. From Dexter’s Laboratory, to Powerpuff Girls and Samurai Jack, his distinct style and flair for storytelling have made him a hit with fans. His first attempt at feature animation arrives later this year with Hotel Transylvania, which looks like it might have been saved by his magic talents.
Animation is a long process, so naturally he would get his next project lined up ahead of time, and that project has finally been announced. Variety is reporting that Tartokovsky will next be working on a big screen, animated Popeye:
Genndy Tartakovsky is attached to develop and direct “Popeye,” Sony Pictures Animation’s 3D take on the familiar sailor man… Avi and Ari Arad will produce under their Arad Productions banner with Sony Pictures Animation. As of November, scribes David Ronn and Jay Scherick were attached to pen the script.
The Variety report also reminds us that Tartakovsky is technically still attached to direct a feature Samurai Jack film. Hopefully that project doesn’t get lost under the impending successes he is about to enjoy.
Stay tuned to The Flickcast for any further updates.