Tartakovsky Directing Adam Sandler in Animated 'Hotel Transylvania'
Genndy is finally directing a feature film! I've seen this project listed on the release schedule for a long time, but we now have full information on Sony Pictures Animation's 3D family comedy Hotel Transylvania, scheduled for September 21st, 2012. Originally reported by Variety and followed up by a press release, Sony has announced that Genndy Tartakovsky ("Samurai Jack", "Dexter's Lab", "Sym-Bionic Titan") will be directing the movie, with a cast including Adam Sandler as the lead voice of Dracula, along with Steve Buscemi, Fran Drescher, Cee Lo Green, Kevin James, Andy Samberg, Molly Shannon and David Spade, too.
Here's the official synopsis/introduction to the new animated Hotel Transylvania from their press release:
Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula's lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free from meddling from the human world. But here’s a little known fact about Dracula: he is not only the Prince of Darkness; he is also a dad. Over-protective of his teenage daughter, Mavis, Dracula fabricates tales of elaborate dangers to dissuade her adventurous spirit. As a haven for Mavis, he opens the Hotel Transylvania, where his daughter and some of the world's most famous monsters – Frankenstein and his bride, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more – can kick back in safety and peace. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem – but his world could come crashing down when one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis.
Kevin James is voicing "Frank" Frankenstein, Fran Drescher as his in-your-face, over-the-top, and larger-than-life Bride; David Spade is voicing Quasimodo, now a passionate gourmet chef; Steve Buscemi & Molly Shannon will play Wayne and Wanda, a pair of married werewolves, parents to an ever-increasing litter of pups; Cee Lo Green is also joining the cast as Murray, a boisterous Mummy, once entertainer to the great Pharaohs, now the life of the party; Andy Samberg will voice the role of Jonathan, a 21-year-old regular guy, carefree and full of life, whose world travels land him at the hotel. Interesting setup and interesting characters. I'm intrigued to see how Tartakovsky will bring this to life and put his unique stamp on it, too.
"We have a unique story about that iconic character, starring a phenomenal cast directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, that re-imagines Transylvania and its legendary monsters in the way that only animation can," says Michelle Raimo-Kouyate of Sony Pictures Animation. I'm a big fan of Tartakovsky and am very happy to see him working on a feature film, I can't wait to see what he comes up with working on a full-on feature.