Hotel Transylvania: Transformania

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Hotel Transylvania: Transformania (also known as Hotel Transylvania 4) is an upcoming American computer-animated monster comedy film produced by Sony Pictures Animation. Intended to be the fourth and final installment of the Hotel Transylvania franchise, it is directed by Jennifer Kluska and Derek Drymon from a screenplay by Amos Vernon, Nunzio Randazzo, and Genndy Tartakovsky (who directed the prior three films). The film stars the voices of Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez (who also served as an executive producer alongside Tartakovsky), Kathryn Hahn, Jim Gaffigan, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade, Keegan-Michael Key, Brian Hull (replacing Adam Sandler), Fran Drescher, Brad Abrell (replacing Kevin James), and Asher Blinkoff.

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania
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Promotional image
Directed by
Screenplay by
Story byGenndy Tartakovsky
Based onCharacters
by Todd Durham
Produced byAlice Dewey Goldstone
Starring
Edited byLynn Hobson[2]
Music byMark Mothersbaugh[3]
Production
companies
Distributed byAmazon Studios
Release date
  • January 14, 2022 (2022-01-14)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Originally planned to be released theatrically in the United States on October 1, 2021, Sony Pictures Releasing cancelled the film's release plans and sold the film's distribution rights to Amazon Studios for $100 million, due to rising cases of the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant in the United States. Amazon will release it exclusively on Amazon Prime Video on January 14, 2022 worldwide except China, where Sony will handle a theatrical release.[4]

PremiseEdit

When Van Helsing's mysterious invention, the "Monsterfication Ray", goes haywire, Drac and his monster pals are all transformed into humans, and Johnny becomes a monster! In their new mismatched bodies, Drac, stripped of his powers, and an exuberant Johnny, loving life as a monster, must team up and race across the globe to find a cure before it's too late, and before they drive each other crazy. With help from Mavis and the hilariously human Drac Pack, the heat is on to find a way to switch themselves back before their transformations become permanent.

Voice castEdit

ProductionEdit

In February 2019, Sony Pictures Animation announced that a fourth film had been in development.[9][10] In October 2019, Genndy Tartakovsky confirmed that he would not direct the film.[11] In September 2020, Jennifer Kluska and Derek Drymon, a storyboard artist on the first two Hotel Transylvania sequels and a former crew member of SpongeBob SquarePants and Adventure Time, respectively, were confirmed to be the film's directors, while Tartakovsky would write the screenplay and serve as an executive producer alongside Selena Gomez, who voices Mavis in the series.[12][13] Production took place remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.[14]

In April 2021, the film's title was revealed to be Hotel Transylvania: Transformania and was confirmed that it would be the final film of the series.[15][16] That same month, Sony confirmed that Adam Sandler would not reprise his role as Dracula.[6] The role was given to Brian Hull after voicing the character in the short film Monster Pets,[17] while Kathryn Hahn, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, and Keegan-Michael Key were confirmed to reprise their roles.[7] It was announced that Brad Abrell had replaced Kevin James as the voice of Frankenstein.[8] Mark Mothersbaugh returned to score the film, having previously scored the first three installments,[3] while Lynn Hobson served as editor.[2]

ReleaseEdit

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania is scheduled to be released by Amazon Studios on Prime Video, on January 14, 2022.[18] In February 2019, Sony Pictures Releasing scheduled the film for release on December 22, 2021.[19] In April 2020, the film was moved up to August 6, 2021.[20] In April 2021, the film was moved up again to July 23, 2021.[15] In June 2021, the film was rescheduled to October 1, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[21]

In August 2021, Sony Pictures Releasing cancelled the film's theatrical plans and was in discussions to sell the distribution rights to a streaming service, in response to rising cases of the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant in the United States.[22][23] On August 16, 2021, it was reported that Amazon Studios was in negotiations to acquire the distribution rights to the film for $100 million from Sony Pictures Releasing and would release it exclusively on Amazon Prime Video worldwide, excluding China, where Sony would release it theatrically on an undetermined date. Sony would also retain home entertainment and linear television rights to the film.[24][25] On October 6, 2021, Amazon set a release date of January 14, 2022.[18]

ReferencesEdit

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