Back in 2003, people were surprised when Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, writers of “Cats & Dogs,” followed up that piece of fluff with the smart and filthy “Bad Santa.” Ficarra and Requa have gone to direct “I Love You Philip Morris” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and nobody talks about “Cats & Dogs” anymore. Then are there are people like Jay Scherick and David Ronn, a couple of writers who have willfully doled out garbage for more than a decade. From “Serving Sara” to “I, Spy” and “Guess Who,” the only team that can touch these trash men is Friedberg & Seltzer (“Date Movie,” “Meet the Spartans”). We always hold out hope that such Hollywood hacks have a secret remorse for their cinematic sins, but what’s much more likely is that they just shrug it off and say, “We do it for the fans.” And by “fans” they mean unsuspecting patrons who don’t read reviews.
This past summer, Scherick and Ronn had their biggest hit yet with “The Smurfs,” and Sony Pictures have given the duo the privilege of ruining yet another beloved character: “Popeye.” We can only assume that these clowns are up to the challenge.
The film will be animated and in 3D, but it’s unclear if the project will have any live action elements, and if so, which summer home-deficient TV star will take on the challenge. According to Sony Pictures Digitial Productions president Bob Osher, we’ve got these guys all wrong. “Scherick and Ronn have a remarkable talent in re-energizing beloved characters,” Osher 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.” Whatever helps you sleep at night, Osher.
There’s no release date yet for Scherick and Roon’s “Popeye.” These creeps also wrote an original “Baywatch” script and are working on a “The Smurfs” sequel. And even though they didn’t work on it, we might as well mention that “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked” comes out next month. Go to MunkYourself.com and pray for the apocalypse.