Reactions to the Hotel Transylvania trailer were a bit mixed — yours truly thinks Adam Sandler colors people’s reaction to a fair degree — but I take this as a good sign for that project’s eventual outcome. According to ShowBlitz, director Genndy Tartakovsky is continuing his relationship with Sony Animation by helming and, most importantly, helping to overall “develop” their 3D Popeye.
Avi Arad (a name you’ll recognize if you’ve seen, oh, just about any Marvel movie) is producing with his son, Ari, while Jay Scherick and David Ronn (Zookeeper, The Smurfs) were commissioned to work on the screenplay. There’s no word on what exactly they’ll be shaping a story around, with the obvious exception of a seaman who enjoys the consumption of spinach and defending the honor of his true love, Olive Oyl.
But, whatever. Tartakovsky is one of modern animation’s most successful and unique creative voices — just look at how he made the Star Wars prequels into really good material with The Clone Wars — and his attachment to Popeye honestly has me “into” a character that, even as a kid, I could never connect with. (I always ate my spinach, though.) Maybe I’m setting expectations a tad too high, but yours truly expects something great to come with this clash of helmer and material. No, really.
Do you want to see what Tartakovsky can do with Popeye? Is there a good film to be made from the character?
With this year’s Cannes Film Festival halfway done, one of the clear highlights is Coens‘ 1960′s-set folk music tale Inside Llewyn Davis. Profiling a down on his luck musician (Oscar Isaac), whose natural talent indicates he is destined for success, the film is a vivid portrait of what it means to be a starving artist. In [...]
Welcome to the latest episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. This week, staff writer Danny King, associate editor Nick Newman and I review J.J. Abram‘s new entry in his flagship franchise, Star Trek Into Darkness. Before that, though, we run down our top 3 most-anticipated films of the Cannes Film Festival. Finally, we take a look at the [...]
There is truly something magical when you combine the French Riviera, the global film market and thousands of hungry filmgoers and critics. The end result is what has come to be known as the most prestigious film festival in the world, the Cannes Film Festival, currently in its 66th iteration. This is my third year [...]
The Archive is a collection of cinephile-friendly findings around the web, including rare or never-before-seen photos, interviews, footage or any other bits related to classic or independent cinema. If you have any suggestions, feel free to e-mail in or tweet to @TheFilmStage. Check out the rundown below. Above, an unused Taxi Driver poster made for SpokeArt’s Martin [...]
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