With the third installment of Hotel Transylvania in theaters (opening at No. 1 and just hitting the $100 million domestic mark; $227M worldwide) director Genndy Tartakovsky won’t be taking his own Summer Vacation any time soon!
As Deadline reports, Sony Pictures Animation has signed the animation vet on to direct two feature film projects: an R-rated comedy titled Fixed, and an epic action-adventure Black Knight, which Tartakovsky will also write.
“I’m very excited to start this next adventure with my Sony family. With their trust and support we are going to do something unique and different, and push animation to the next level,” said the Samurai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars and Dexter’s Laboratory creator.
SPA president Kristine Belson told Deadline: “Genndy is one of the most singular voices in animation today and we are overjoyed to have him develop his next original features at Sony Pictures Animation, where he began his theatrical career nearly a decade ago. His imagination and talent have no boundaries, which will be made abundantly clear by the two wildly different movies he’ll be directing next.”
The three Hotel Transylvania films, which put a uniquely cartoony twist on CG animation, have collectively earned more than $1 billion in box office world wide for Sony. Tartakovsky has helmed all three, and co-wrote Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.
SPA’s upcoming slate includes Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Dec. 14), Chinese co-pro Wish Dragon (July 26, 2019), Lord & Miller’s AI-gone-awry comedy The Mitchells vs. the Machines (Jan. 10, 2020) and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s original monkey musical Vivo (Nov. 6, 2020).