'Popeye' Eats Spinach, Gets Movie Script From 'Smurfs' Writers

PopeyePopeye doesn’t just gain strength from spinach — he gains strength from good writing. Sony Pictures Animation, which is bringing the iconic cartoon strongman to the big screen, has asked David Ronn and Jay Scherick to pen the script.

Ronn and Scherick were also writers for last summer’s “The Smurfs.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, the animated film will be in 3D and Sony will team up with Arad Productions to make it.

Bob Oshen, the president of Sony Pictures Digital Production, sang his praises for the writers, talking about the work they’ve already done and likening it to revitalizing Popeye. “Scherick and Ronn have a remarkable talent in re-energizing beloved characters,” he said. “As they demonstrated with ‘The Smurfs,’ they embrace the iconic characteristics of these timeless characters and craft a story that really engages moviegoers today.”

Michelle Raimo Kouyate, Sony Pictures Animation president of production, also weighed in, talking about how the two writers could reintroduce Popeye to a new generation. "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,” she said.

Ronn and Scherick are additionally busy with a sequel to “The Smurfs.” It might seem as if they’re all about recreating animated shows as movies, but they’re behind a movie version of “Baywatch,” and have a television pilot for ABC.

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