According to Animation Magazine, Tartakovsky will team up with King Features to bring his long-awaited animated feature to the big screen. The project was originally announced in 2012 under Sony Animation before the release of Tartakovsky’s Hotel Transylvania. There was a proof of concept trailer was also released in 2014.
While promoting Hotel Transylvania 2, the animation legend revealed that the animated Popeye project was canceled. Tartakovsky stated, “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.”
When the film was originally under Sony Animation, Ratchet & Clank‘s T.J. Fixman was set to revise a Popeye screenplay from The Smurfs writers Jay Scherick and David Ronn.
Despite no film coming out, Popeye has not remained dormant as King Features has brought back the classic sailor for a new generation. In 2018, the company released a series of 2D animated shorts titled Popeye’s Island Adventures on YouTube to celebrate the character’s 90th anniversary.
At this time, no casting information, production start or release date for Genndy Tartakovsky’s Popeye has been announced.
Years after being called off, Genndy Tartakovsky's animated Popeye feature reboot is back on track.