Tartakovsky Drops Out Of “Popeye” Movie

Filmmaker Genndy Tartakovsky has revealed that he’s no longer involved with the CG animated feature reboot of the “Popeye” franchise at Sony Pictures.

Speaking with Moviefone in the wake of the premiere of the trailer for his “Hotel Transylvania” sequel opening later this year, the director says he’s no longer a part of the film about the iconic spinach-guzzling sailor due to internal changes at the studio:

“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…It was hard to let Popeye go, but that’s the business.”

One of the big changes is that Sony Pictures Digital Productions president Bob Osher is out, replaced by former DreamWorks producer Kristine Belson who is the new president of Sony Pictures Animation. As with any regime change, previously-announced pictures are either being pushed back or out do that she can “make her mark”.