Break out the 20-year-old can of spinach and get ready for some forearm-popping news. Variety is reporting Spider-Man producer Avi Arad will help kickstart a Mike Jones-written CGI Popeye. And even better, to go along with the latest entertainment trend, it will be in 3D. Sony is getting the project off the ground, which makes sense considering their recent involvement in remaking The Smurfs. You know, sooner or later they are going to call what we are in “The 20th Century: Take II.”
Collider shared a relevant moment from the Variety article:
“Scott called me and said, ‘I have something for you,’ said Arad, who grew up watching Popeye shorts in movie houses in his native Israel…What always blew me away is the level of the animation. It was so beautiful and unbelievably detailed.”
At least the people in charge are devoted fans and will honor the original design of the character. I wouldn’t expect fanboys are going to be head-hunting if some artistic license is taken. But when you recreate somebody’s hard work, at least do it the right way and pay homage to the reason it became popular in the first place. So kudos to finding true Popeye fans. Arad also mentioned he started singing the theme song instantly after getting the rights. Yet another good sign for the potential animated franchise, considering it really is one of the most iconic sing-a-longs of its time. I always wished Burgess Meredith, who played Mickey in Rocky would have gotten a chance to play Popeye.
You may recall a rather impressive interpretation of the comic strip sailor in 1980 with Robin Williams in his first on-screen performance. It is actually worth a watch and may be one of the better live-action adaptations of a Sunday comic yet.
Those frightening biceps and that bitter beer face will be coming right at you in 3D, as will most films by the time it releases. Considering the details, this film’s best bet was to go animated.
Sony has begun pre-production on Popeye, but cast and crew are still being assembled. Spinach propaganda (kidding) and forearms in your face coming to theaters soon.
What are your thoughts? Happy or “disgustipated,” as Popeye would say? Let us know in the comments section below.
Source: Variety via Collider