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'Popeye' loses director Genndy Tartakovsky

Los Angeles: Filmmaker Genndy Tartakovsky says he has given up his position as the director of upcoming film 'Popeye' due to creative differences following major shakeups at Sony Pictures.

Genndy Tartakovsky
Genndy Tartakovsky

"I was in love with what we were doing, but I think the studio is going through changes and I don't know if they want to make the 'Popeye' that I want to make. So they've got to make a decision," Moviefone quoted Tartakovsky as saying, reports variety.com.

"Right now, I'm off that project and moving on to the other one that we soft-announced, which is 'Can You Imagine?', which is an original idea of my own and a very personal story. It was hard to let 'Popeye' go, but that's the business," he added.

Although no director is attached to 'Popeye', the studio insists the movie is still in development.

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