Sony plans a Popeye movie while DreamWorks plans a movie based on an award winning book; All eyes are on Ted as it hits theaters this week



Welcome back folks! Gene Scallop here again on another summer packed edition of my entertainment report. Here’s what’s topping today!

Popeye, the spinach eating sailor is going to Sony Pictures where Genndy Tartakovsky is directing the 3D movie. What does the sailor have to do with this important spectacle? Angie Angelfish describes this discovery.

Angie Angelfish(via The Hollywood Reporter): Hotel Transylvania" helmer Genndy Tartakovsky is attached to develop and direct "Popeye," Sony Pictures Animation’s 3D take on the familiar sailor man.
Avi and Ari Arad will produce under their Arad Productions banner with Sony Pictures Animation. As of November, scribes David Ronn and Jay Scherick were attached to pen the script.

Popeye, the spinach-loving seaman who first appeared in the "Thimble Theater" comic strip in 1929, spawned numerous spin-offs, including one of the longest-running series of animated shorts and Robert Altman’s 1980 film starring Robin Williams.

SPA production prexy Michelle Raimo-Kouyate and production SVP Michael Lachance will oversee the project for the studio, which was keen to put Tartakovsky on another project soon after "Transylvania" wrapped. Sony will release "Transylvania" in September.

Tartakovsky is currently attached to direct a feature version of Cartoon Network’s "Samurai Jack," which he also created.

Sony’s toon arm has found success with "The Smurfs" and "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," which grossed $559 million and $243 million worldwide, respectively. Both pictures currently have sequels in the works.

The studio’s most recent release,"Pirates! Band of Misfits" performed more modestly — budgeted at $55 million, the picture earned $104 globally.

WME reps Tartakovsky. Sony Pictures Animation declined to comment.


Meanwhile, DreamWorks is planning to launch their film based on an award-winning bookseller. Jimmy, what’s the title of this book?


Jim Fish (via Variety): The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons and singer-actress Rihanna will play the lead voices in Happy Smekday!, a DreamWorks Animation adaptation of the award-winning book The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex.

Tim Johnson, who co-directed DWA’s Antz and Over the Hedge, is sitting solo in the helmer’s chair for Smekday!, which the studio hopes to release during the fourth quarter of 2014.

Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember (Get Smart) are writing the screenplay, and Chris Jenkins (Rio) and Suzanne Buirgy (Kung Fu Panda 2) are producing. DWA head of development Gregg Taylor is overseeing the project.

In Smekday!, a friendly alien race invades Earth and uses it as a hideout from their mortal enemy. When one lowly alien accidentally notifies the enemies of his whereabouts, he is forced to go on the run with a teenage girl, embarking on a comical road trip across a post apocalyptic America and learning what it really means to be human.

Parsons (CAA, Principal Entertainment, Hansen Jacobson), a two-time Emmy winner for Big Bang, has done voice work for a handful of shows, including iCarly and Family Guy. This will be the voice acting debut for Rihanna (WME, Rebel One Management), who made her live-action film debut in this summer’s Battleship.


And speaking of Family Guy, Seth McFarlane’s new film Ted hits the movies this weekend as Mark Walberg comes face to face with a talking teddy bear named Ted. This will be another winner for Universal if it hits the top spot in the box office unless Disney/Pixar’s Brave continues its current run over its competitors. This was the spot that was occupied when Paramount changed the release date for GI Joe: Retaliation. Will the move succeed? See my box office report if it’ll work or be another victim of another summer flop!

Let’s check the Penguins tally to see how many signed up for season 4!

According to the tally, we’re almost out of the 300’s as 311 fans work hard to sign their names as Nick’s summer schedule continues to scorch another week of premieres. Keep them coming!

This week marks the end of June. It’s been 2 months keeping you glued in with lots of news. July’s coming up fast folks so show your American spirit this 4th of July! Fireworks will light up the sky with more news than ever! How big you may ask? Find out next time TV and movie fans as we see you in July!

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