The Hollywood Reporter has a new article about a bunch of animated content coming in the years ahead from Sony Pictures. The biggest news of the bunch is the director on the animated Spider-Man movie that was originally announced as a Phil Lord and Chris Miller joint last year. Lord wrote the movie’s screenplay, without Miller apparently, but both are still aboard the project as producers. Replacing them as director(s) is Bob Persichetti, an animator who was the head of story on Puss in Boots and The Little Prince. As for the rumor that this Spider-Man would focus on Miles Morales, the half-black and half Hispanic teenager who replaced Peter Parker in the series Ultimate Spider-Man, THR says “the company was mum on rumors.” The animated Spider-Man is on course for a December 21, 2018 release.
An animated Popeye movie has been in the works for years, with Genndy Tartakovsky (Hotel Transylvania) attached to direct. But when Tartakovsky dropped out, so did our hopes for the future of this animated revival of the classic character. There may be hope yet, as Ratchet and Clank writer T.J. Fixman has come aboard to draft a new screenplay for the film.
"From a young child I was already destined to make one movie and that movie was 'Popeye,'" says director Genndy Tartakovsky, who has been tasked to make Sony Animation's feature film rendition of the iconic character. While the man behind 'Hotel Transylvania' and his team are hard at work on the animation, the studio has released some test footage to give us an idea of what we can expect.
While Disney's Animation Studios and Pixar, as well as DreamWorks Animation, continue bulking up their offerings for the coming months (and years), so too are Sony Pictures Animation. Their latest, 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2,' landed in the the top box-office spot opening weekend, but there's plenty more on the horizon for the studio, like 'Hotel Transylvania 2,' an all-animated 'Smurfs' movie and the tentatively titled 'Genndy Tartakovsky’s Can You Imagine?'
This year we're getting a deluge of spookily-themed kids movies that mix classic horror staples (ghosts, vampires and Frankenstein) with the soft edges of children's entertainment. Genndy Tartakovsky's 'Hotel Transylvania' comes between 'ParaNorman' and 'Frankenweenie,' and now there's a clip.
The cartoon character 'Popeye' is missing an eye, right? He's always got one closed and he is a sailor, so it's likely that he lost one handling hooks, or fighting with some aquatic creature. But even though Popeye can't see stereoscopically, he's getting the animated 3D treatment from director Genndy Tartakovsky.