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 »

Whether it’s this weekend’s violent Immortals or next spring’s “sickeningly kiddie” Mirror, Mirror, the common thread running through all of director Tarsem Singh‘s works is a focus on uniquely striking imagery. After all, this is a man who once explained to a Comic-Con audience that “I start with a good visual, and see if the story will fall in.” So on that level, it makes quite a bit of sense that his dream job is apparently to direct a live-action feature version of Samurai Jack, the stylish Cartoon Network animated series that aired between 2001 and 2004. It may or may not be a good news, depending on how you feel about his oeuvre, but it’s not especially shocking news.

No, what’s much more surprising is that his next project won’t be that movie, or actually anything else that sounds like it’s remotely in the Singh wheelhouse. The filmmaker has said that wants to shift gears completely and focus on a small, talk-y film in the vein of My Dinner with Andre or Knife in the Water. Read more about Singh’s plans for his future after the jump.

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