Animated Monster Movie 'Hotel Transylvania' Gets a Sequel in 2015
Ever since Marvel's The Avengers dominated the box office this summer, it's made us a lot more aware of the "team-up" formula being presented in other new movies. But in animation, these projects have typically been in production for years already, so even though they technically came out post-Avengers, films like Hotel Transylvania and DreamWorks' Rise of the Guardians were a bit ahead of the curve in that regard. Now THR reports that Sony Pictures Animation has greenlit Hotel Transylvania 2, a sequel to the studio's monster mash that gathered Dracula, the Frankenstein monster, and the Mummy in the same film.
Sequels to successful animated movies happen all the time, mostly because there has already been so much design work done for the original that it eliminates the need to create entire worlds from scratch for the sequel, saving the studio a lot of money in the production process. But the interesting thing about Hotel Transylvania 2 is that director Genndy Tartakovsky has not come back to direct it. The original was the "Samurai Jack" creator's feature directorial debut, and after the first film did so well, one might assume there would be a desire to return for a sequel.
But Tartakovsky has moved on to direct a CG adaptation of Popeye, so for now the director's chair on Hotel Transylvania 2 remains empty, even though the release date of Sept. 25, 2015, has already been penciled in for it. We're hoping that Tartakovsky can move on to direct his Samurai Jack film after that, so maybe someone else will take the reins of the Hotel Transylvania sequel in the meantime.