Genndy Tartakovsky Takes Popeye

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Announced for development late last year, Sony Pictures Animation is moving forward with a CGI take on Popeye. Today, Variety reveals that they’ve landed Genndy Tartakovsky to helm the adaptation.

Created by E.C. Segar, Popeye first appeared in the already established “Thimble Theater” comic strip in 1929. Introduced as a walk-on character, Popeye eventually became the strip’s star. In 1933, The Fleischers began to produce animated Popeye cartoons which through the 1940s. The sailor man also came to the big screen in 1980 with Robert Altman directing and Robin Williams in the lead.

Tartakovsky is best known for creating “Powerpuff Girls,” “Dexter’s Laboratory” and for his work on the traditional animation “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” cartoons. He’s making his feature film debut helming Sony’s Hotel Transylvania, set for release on September 29th.