Yesterday, seemed such a good day as Hotel Transylvania 2 teaser trailer hit, and things seemed great for all fans of Genndy Tartakovsky. Sadly, news sprang up today that the next animated project for the man who gave us Samurai Jack, Dexter's Laboratory, and Sym-Bionic Titan, Popeye, is not happening (we've seen test footage and a poster). In an interview with Moviefone, Genndy explains that he has left the project:
Popeye, at least, 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…It was hard to let Popeye go, but that’s the business.
The changes to which Genndy is refering to isn't just Tom Rothman becoming the new Sony head, but also Kristen Belson as the Sony Pictures Animation Department. So what's Genndy doing after Hotel Transylvania 2 now? In the interview he confirms he's going to another personal pet project for Sony Animation, Can You Imagine? (a journey through a young boy's imagination). Regardless, this is still a sad day for not just Popeye fans, but also animation fans in general as well.