Director Genndy Tartakovsky helped save Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transyslvania franchise from development hell. Now it’s got a shiny new feature film sequel, and after today, a television program to show for it.
Sony is working with Canada’s Nelvana to create a Hotel Transylvania animated series for television. Scheduled for an early 2017 launch and focusing on the teen years of Mavis, the TV spinoff will be produced by the 44-year-old studio Nelvana, whose diverse animation offerings from throughout the years have ranged from the preschool charmer Maggie and the Ferocious Beast to Care Bears, and Rolie Polie Olie to Star Wars spinoffs like Droids and Ewoks.
Whether or not Tartakovksy is involved with Hotel Transylvania’s animated television series has not yet been announced, nor has the show’s voiceover cast. Sony will handle U.S. distribution, while Nelvana’s parent corporation Corus Entertainment will distribute the show internationally. Rick Mischel of Sony Pictures Animation (SPA) and Colin Bohm and Irene Weibel from Nelvana will exec produce the series.