Smurfs Scribes Set for Sony’s CG Popeye

After successfully taking The Smurfs into CG and 3-D, Sony Pictures Animation now wants to do the same with Popeye, and has hired The Smurfs scribes Jay Scherick & David Ronn to craft an all-new Popeye animated feature. The Smurfs has grossed more than $550 million worldwide since its July 29 opening and the duo is hard at work on a Smurfs sequel. Popeye will be produced by SPA and Arad Prods.

“Scherick & Ronn have a remarkable talent in re-energizing beloved characters,” says Bob Osher, president of Sony Pictures Digital Prods.  “As they demonstrated with The Smurfs, they embrace the iconic characteristics of these timeless characters and craft a story that really engages moviegoers today.”

“We’re thrilled that Jay and Dave are helping us reintroduce Popeye to a new generation,” adds Michelle Raimo Kouyate, president of production for Sony Pictures Animation. “Their take on the world of Popeye has just the right blend of comedy, adventure and heart — all the elements that made a great animated film.”

“Popeye has been my childhood favorite character,” says producer Avi Arad. “To me he was always the everyday man who gets special powers and actually becomes the first superhero in the best meaning of the word.”

Incidentally, you can get the best Popeye cartoons on DVD from Warner Home Video: Popeye The Sailor 1933-1938 and Popeye The Sailor 1938-1940.

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Home Entertainment, Movies, Shorts, Tech, VFX

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