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Tartakovsky exits Popeye

Genndy Tartakovsky is off Sony’s CG “Popeye” movie.

Speaking with Moviefone, the filmmaker says he exited due to a clash with Sony over the direction of the movie.

We put up a great screening, everybody really liked that sizzle, we got a positive reaction. 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. So they’ve got to make a decision. Right now, I’m off that project and moving on to the other one that we soft-announced, which is Can You Imagine? which is an original idea of my own and a very personal story. It was hard to let Popeye go, but that’s the business.

Assumingly, “Popeye” is now on pause while a new filmmaker is sought.

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