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Sony Pictures Animation Taps “The Smurfs” Scribes For “Popeye” Feature

Culver City, California, November 3, 2011…Sony Pictures Animation has set screenwriters Jay Scherick & David Ronn to write the screenplay for an all-new Popeye animated feature, based on the iconic characters of comic strip and cartoon fame. Popeye is the second project for Scherick and Ronn with Sony Pictures Animation following their success with this summer’s blockbuster The Smurf, which has grossed more than $550 million worldwide since its July 29 opening. Sony Pictures Animation and Arad Productions are producing the stereoscopic 3D animated feature.

“Scherick & Ronn have a remarkable talent in re-energizing beloved characters,” says Bob Osher, president of Sony Pictures Digital Productions. “As they demonstrated with The Smurfs, they embrace the iconic characteristics of these timeless characters and craft a story that really engages moviegoers today.”

“We’re thrilled that Jay and Dave are helping us reintroduce Popeye to a new generation,” comments Michelle Raimo Kouyate, president of production for Sony Pictures Animation. “Their take on the world of Popeye has just the right blend of comedy, adventure and heart — all the elements that made a great animated film.”

“Popeye has been my childhood favorite character,” says producer Avi Arad. “To me he was always the everyday man who gets special powers and actually becomes the first superhero in the best meaning of the word. When Scott Sassa called, Ari and I were beyond excited to be working with Jay Scherick & David Ronn and Sony Pictures Animation to bring this iconic character to the big screen in glorious stereoscopic 3D. We enjoy working with the Sony Pictures Animation team and with Rocky and company from Hearst Publishing. I cannot wait to go sailing!”

Last Spring, Scherick and Ronn began work on the sequel to The Smurfs. They also wrote the original script for the upcoming Baywatch adaptation for Paramount and the pair is currently working on a comedy pilot for ABC. Scherick and Ronn have been writing together since they met when they both worked for a New York based corporate bartering company. From a staff writing position at NBC, the team segued into three years on Spin City where they served as writer/producers.

Scherick and Ronn are represented by International Creative Management.

  • W

    This can’t be good.

  • Oh, God. No. No. Noooooooo

  • Justin Delbert

    Oh no.. If this looks like the Smurfs movie we’re FUCKED

  • AniCentric

    ““As they demonstrated with The Smurfs, they embrace the iconic characteristics of these timeless characters and craft a story that really engages moviegoers today.””

    Do they REALLY believe that? DO THEY REALLY? I want to throw up just reading that.

    Our entire culture is doomed if we have people this far removed from reality.

  • SkepticalArtist

    Oh man. I was really hoping to work on this movie. Now I’m not so sure….

  • Art Binninger

    I’ve become comfortably numb to these kinds of announcements (threats?) mainly because I’ve lived through the KFS Popeyes of the ’60’s, the Hanna/Barbera Popeyes of the ’70’s, Robin Williams as Popeye, Popeye the Quaker Man, the Popeye/Bluto gay-ish orange juice commercial, the CGI Popeye movie and the various mutations in between. The character has withstood them all and will continue to thrive when this project is sitting at the bottom of a WalMart $5 bin.

  • Fred Grandinetti

    The 1980 film was not the flop many think. It made money and Paramount wanted a sequel. Behind the scenes
    bickering took care of that. Keeping this in mind a new
    film may have a chance IF Popeye gets in fights, smokes his pipe and he and Bluto do not become all ‘kissy-kissy’. In other words no PC sailor!