‘Hotel Transylvania 4’ confirmed for Amazon release – but not until January
Fans of the “Hotel Transylvania” franchise can rest easy, as Amazon Studios confirmed on Wednesday that it will be the exclusive broadcast house for the new sequel, “Hotel Transformania.” However, there is going to be a bit of a wait. The film will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on January 14.
The new sequel was produced by Sony Pictures Animation, fueled by the success of “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” which opened in 2018 and grossed over $ 520 million worldwide. But while “Hotel Transylvania 4” was originally slated for theatrical release on October 1, Sony has entered into talks with Amazon to send the film – which is slated to be the franchise’s final installment – to stream instead.
Indeed, the pandemic hasn’t been some sort of family movie, as many have been pushed back to late 2021 or 2022 or, as with “Hotel Transformania”, have been sold to a streaming service. Even Disney sent their Pixar movie “Luca” to Disney + instead of hitting theaters. The rise of the Delta variant and the resumption of classes have not created a fruitful environment for families to show up to these kinds of films, so Sony’s decision makes financial sense.
Fans of “Hotel Transylvania” took to Twitter over the weekend, furious that the fourth film was not on Amazon by October 1, as many had assumed. And while the film is now confirmed for release on Amazon, it won’t be available on the streaming service until January.
The plot of “Hotel Transylvania 4” finds Drac and his monster buddies transformed into humans, while Johnny becomes a monster. But the new sequel has some significant behind-the-scenes differences. For one thing, Adam Sandler didn’t return for this new film and was replaced in the voice cast by Brian Hull (plus Kevin James was replaced by Brad Abrell).
And on the other hand, Genndy Tartakovsky does not return as a director despite directing the first three films, despite having a co-writer and a story to the script’s credit. Jennifer Kluska and Derek Drymon directing “Hotel Transformania”.
“The success of the ‘Hotel Transylvania’ franchise over the years speaks for itself,” Jennifer Salke, director of Amazon Studios said in a statement. “Audiences around the world have fallen in love with the films created by the brilliant Genndy Tartakovsky, and the latest installment is the perfect end to an incredible journey. We couldn’t be more excited to work with Sony, Genndy, Jennifer Kluska, Derek Drymon, Selena Gomez and the talented production team to bring this funny and heartwarming film to our clients early next year.
“The ‘Hotel Transylvania’ franchise has been outstanding for Sony Pictures Animation, spanning nearly a decade and introducing the world to the singular vision of Genndy Tartakovsky, and we are so proud of what our amazing directors Jennifer Kluska and Derek Drymon brought to this special property, “said Kristine Belson, President of Sony Pictures Animation.” These films have thrilled audiences and paved the way for so many artists working in CG animation, and now the family saga of Dracula. and daughter Mavis, son-in-law Johnny and the BFF Monsters are coming to an end. We are excited to be working with Amazon to bring this film to families around the world. “