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‘Popeye 3D’ Lands ‘Star Wars: Clone Wars’ Director

Genndy Tartakovsky isn’t yet a household name, but after recently completing Adam Sandler’s ‘Hotel Transylvania’ and now being hired to direct Sony’s newest version of ‘Popeye’, you can expect the Russian-born Jew to have a long (and successful) career ahead of him.
Those familiar with brilliant animation should know Tartakovsky well. The director brought us several classic series including ‘Dexter’s Laboratory’, ‘Samurai Jack’, and ‘Star Wars: Clone Wars’. Many speculate that ‘Star Wars: Clone Wars’ was so successful that George Lucas squashed it to protect his ego.
Tartakovsky will now take on the classic ‘Popeye’ series, following a mumbling spinach-loving sailor who is constantly saving girlfriend Olive Oyl from rival Bluto.
The Sony Pictures project has been in development for almost two years, so the studio heads must believe Jay Scherick and David Ronn’s (‘The Smurfs’, ‘The Zookeeper’) script is almost ready if they’ve secured a director.
The last time ‘Popeye’ was brought to the big screen was in 1980 with the critically acclaimed live action feature starring Robin Williams. I wonder if Williams will come on board for the new animated version?
Tartakovsky is also currently attached to direct a feature film version of the popular Cartoon Network series ‘Samurai Jack’.
At this time, production dates have not been set for ‘Popeye’ or ‘Samurai Jack’, but ‘Hotel Transylvania’ comes out this September.


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