Deadline reports that Sony hired T.J. Fixman to write the Popeye movie. The project had been up in the air since the departure of Genndy Tartakovsky (Hotel Transylvania, Star Wars: Clone Wars) from the project earlier this year, but it seems Sony Pictures Animation still wants to move forward with it.
T.J. Fixman is best known for his work on the video game franchise Ratchet & Clank, including the upcoming animated feature film for which he wrote the screenplay.
We do not know yet what his take on the spinach-loving sailor character will be (or even when Sony plans to release the movie), but we do know it will be different from Tartakovsky's idea; here's what the director of Hotel Transylvania had to say about his Popeye back in March:
"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."Popeye debuted in 1929 as a comic book character and has been through many iterations since, including animated series and a live-action feature film starring Robin Williams as the titular character.
Let's hope this first attempt at an animated movie gets a good ending…