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Sony to make 3D 'Popeye' movie

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Sony Pictures has announced plans to turn E.C. Segar's Popeye into an animated 3D movie.

Avi Arad (Spider-Man) will produce the project, while Mike Jones is in talks to provide the screenplay.

"I literally started singing the famous Popeye song [after securing the rights]," Arad told Variety. "What always blew me away is the level of the animation. It was so beautiful and unbelievably detailed."

Jones confessed that he is an "unabashed, lifelong Popeye fan".

"Introducing this squinty-eyed sailor to a new generation also means reintroducing him to those who, like me, grew up with him," he added.

The storyline is said to involve the spinach-loving seaman's girlfriend Olive Oyl, enemy Bluto and his adopted child Swee'Pea.

A live-action Popeye movie was released in 1980 with Robert Altman directing Robin Williams and Shelley Duvall in the lead roles.

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