Genndy Tartakovsky Popeye

Genndy Tartakovsky has made Sony a decent chunk of change with his Hotel Transylvania films. The sequel, which Tartakovsky helmed, just earned over $50 million this past weekend. One would guess that kind of box-office haul would score the animated director a little cart blanche, but, in spite of his financial success, that’s not entirely the case. Learn why after the jump Tartakovsky left Popeye.

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Hotel Transylvania 3

Last weekend, the animated sequel Hotel Transylvania 2 topped the box office, and it actually broke the record for biggest September opening. That basically makes Hotel Transylvania 3 inevitable, but it will be missing one key element from the first two movies.

Director Genndy Tartakovsky, the animation mastermind behind Dexter’s Laboratory and Samurai Jack, has confirmed that he won’t return for Hotel Transylvania 3. However, he’s still very much interested in getting a Samurai Jack movie off the ground. Read More »

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Is there a new poster for Agent Carter Season 2? Want to go behind the scenes of Daredevil? Which actor has been spotted on the set of Luke Cage? Who will Raul Castillo play on Gotham? Is Titans still in development at TNT? Which characters will debut in the next episode of Arrow? Why is Jesse Eisenberg excited for Batman v Superman? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »


Comedy, animation, action, fantasy, pretty much every genre is in this edition of Sequel Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • Shannen Doherty will be back for Mallrats 2.
  • New photos from Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday.
  • Genndy Tartakovsky won’t do Hotel Transylvania 3.
  • Alex Winter thinks if Bill & Ted 3 doesn’t happen soon, it won’t happen at all.
  • A fourth Girl With Dragon Tattoo book could reignite the franchise.
  • See a intriguing set photo from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
  • Pirates 5 puts out an interesting casting call.
  • Dredd screenwriter Alex Garland talks Dredd 2.
  • Sam Jones says the wheels are in motion for a Flash Gordon sequel.
  • Judd Apatow – and no one else – wanted to make Superbad 2.
  • BD Wong, the only returning cast member for Jurassic Park, shows up in new Jurassic World still.
  • Spectre is filming its opening in Mexico City.
  • Ninja Turtles 2 starts shooting soon.

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Genndy Tartakovsky Exits Sony’s ‘Popeye’

Genndy Tartakovsky Popeye

Six months ago we got a first look at Genndy Tartakovsky‘s Popeye, in the form of a promising test reel. Sadly, it now seems that may be the only look we’ll ever get at it.

The filmmaker reveals that he’s no longer working on the animated feature, and for that matter, studio Sony might not be anymore either. But fear not — he’s got another, even more ambitious-sounding project on his to-do list. Get the Genndy Tartakovsky Popeye update after the jump.  Read More »

Hotel Transylvania 2

Vampires — they’re just like us! The first Hotel Transylvania demonstrated that raising a teenager is just as challenging for bloodsuckers as it is for the rest of us, and now the Hotel Transylvania 2 trailer reveals that vampires have their own version of “sink or swim.” Only instead of tossing someone into the deep end so they’ll learn to swim, it involves throwing a toddler off a tower so he’ll learn to fly.

Watch the Hotel Transylvania 2 trailer after the jump.

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Popeye test footage

Genndy Tartakovsky has been working on bringing the world’s most famous spinach enthusiast to the big screen for a few years now, and today he finally revealed a little peek in the form of some Popeye animation test footage.

As he stresses, “it’s not a clip, it’s not a trailer, it’s nothing from the actual movie, the voices are all temp.” But he describes it as “just something that kind of represents what we want to do,” so it still offers a pretty great idea of what he has in store for us. Watch the Popeye test footage after the jump.

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Hotel Transylvania

Sony loves Genndy Tartakovsky so much, they’re never letting him go. The animation director scored a huge hit with his first film for the studio, Hotel Transylvania, and has since been hard at work on a second, Popeye. Now he’s signed on to direct two more projects for Sony.

One is the sequel to Hotel Transylvania, naturally, but the other is an intriguing original work tentatively titled Genndy Tartakovsky’s Can You Imagine? One for them, one for him. Hit the jump for more details on both.

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Briefly: Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation are setting up a pattern of making satisfying and relatively successful animated films, then moving the sequels into the hands of specially-chosen new creators. The company did it with Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, the sequel for which is being directed by a pair of guys who worked on the first movie under original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

Now Sony has set September 25, 2015 as the release date for Hotel Transylvania 2. The first movie did quite well when it hit a few weeks back, and so it looks like the collaboration between animator Genndy Tartakovsky and star Adam Sandler is going to keep on truckin’.

But Tartakovsky is going to direct the Popeye movie for Sony, releasing in the same window in 2014, and so there will be a new director (or directors) for the Transylvania sequel. Who’ll make the movie? We don’t know yet, but if Sony is really setting up a pattern here it could be someone from the story or animation department on the first. [THR]