Mike Jones to Write Popeye

by Anne Thompson
March 23, 2010 3:55 AM
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Thompson on Hollywood
For screenwriter Mike Jones, maybe getting laid off from Variety a year ago was a good thing.

Thompson on Hollywood

Having divided his time as scriptwriter and journalist, Jones left Variety (where we worked closely together) and abandoned one career with a decidedly iffy future for another. Lo and behold, he is making a living as a screenwriter (script The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break is in the works at the Gotham Group) and Monday Variety announced that Jones will be writing the latest iteration of comics muscleman Popeye for Sony Pictures Animation and producer Avi Arad (Spider-Man). It will be an all-CGI animated feature, in 3-D.

"What fascinates me about Popeye is that he is both an unbounded superhero and a supreme underdog," Jones writes in an e-mail. "He is over eight decades old, has been served by several authors, and is a lasting merchandising phenom. Quite a feat for a 'squinty-eyed, runty sailor,' as Bluto would call him. It is a testament to a fantastic core character created by E.C. Segar and I'm humbled to be another steward."

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  • J Samuels | March 28, 2010 9:32 AMReply

    SONY: Popeye is wonderful. Great you are doing this. ONE thing all us fans request; Get BILLY WEST ONLY to do the voice again. He was EXACTLY like Jack Mercer..Popeyes long time voice. Dont get anyone else Please. NO one can do it as close as Billy West can.

  • Stewart Nusbaumer | March 24, 2010 1:08 AMReply

    “What fascinates me about Popeye...."

    Well, we don't have to look any further to understand why serious film journalism is in such an embarrassing state.

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