Sony’s ‘Popeye’ Hired ‘Ratchet and Clank’ Writer

Spinach-Loving Sailor Man

Sony Pictures Animation has hired Ratchet and Clank writer T.J. Fixman to pen the 3D-animated adaptation of the classic comic strip Popeye, following last year’s departure of acclaimed director Genndy Tartakovsky (the Hotel Transylvania movies).

The project has been in development since 2011 and it’s unknown if Tartakovsky’s demo reel will remain the direction of the next Popeye movie. When the computer-animated Popeye movie was announced, it had a script from The Smurfs screenwriters Jay Scherick and David Ronn and was said to be in line with Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.

I know this film was Tartakovsky’s dream and all, but sometimes passion projects don’t turn out very well. The filmmaker dropped out last year because he didn’t think his vision for the film matched the studio’s:

“We made a version that we were happy with, and the studio didn’t like that version. It’s still a mystery for me that they didn’t like that version. They wanted to do “Popeye” for the brand recognition and I loved the character and grew up with it, so there was a tug of war. They wanted it really updated, and I can only update it a little before it isn’t “Popeye” anymore. To be truthful, it was in the middle of the Sony hack and the studio was really struggling. It was just really bad timing,” said Tartakovsky.

The Sony Animation project does not currently have a director or a release date. Let’s hope this puts an end to the studio’s ridiculous directive that the spinach-loving sailor man not have a pipe.

Fixman has penned Men Who Kill, with Michael B. Jordan (Creed) attached to produce and star in, and has recently signed a deal with Hasbro to help develop their new slate of film, TV, and digital projects.

Source: Deadline