If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Last week, word broke that Genndy Tartakovsky ('Samurai Jack,' 'Star Wars: Clone Wars') would be helming a 3D animated Popeye film for Sony Animation. While I wasn't terribly sold on the idea, I wasn't ardently against it as long as it it didn't interfere with our getting the Samurai Jack film. Well, it looks like fortune has seen fit to take a big dump on us. Tartakovsky himself gave a report of the status of the film in a recent interview. Here's what he said...
"It’s still around. Every year, somebody new picks it up who tries to push it through. I feel like, with Jack, it’s a funny curse. People like it for A, B and C, but as soon as they want to make it, they say, 'Well, we can’t do A, B and C.' But, those are the key ingredients that make it successful. Once somebody comes along and just says, 'I want to make it for what it is,' then it will get made. But right now, every time we try to run it up the flagpole, it never sticks."
Rats! Not exactly a sunny outlook for production. While the interviewer asks about the possibility of an animated or live-action 'Samurai Jack' movie, I was happy to see the followup question got Tartakovsky asserting his clear preference for animation. I think the worst thing they could do is try to do 'Samurai Jack' live-action. Tartakovsky's style is inextricable from the gorgeous, non-realistic worlds he creates in his drawings, in the way the lines breathe and the characters are constructed. Of course, all of this talk of live-action versus animation is a moot point if the project never gets off the ground. I wonder if maybe there are getting to be fewer and fewer studios willing to roll the dice on animated films that aren't CG based. His latest film 'Hotel Transylvania' is very much in the computer-generated style as are most animated movies these days. Could that be what's holding this up?
Do you guys think we'll ever see a 'Samurai Jack' movie? If a studio were to demand it be live-action or CG animation, would you rather it not happen at all?