Award-winning animation veteran Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Clone Wars) has just signed an overall deal with Sony Pictures Animation, which will go beyond his current role as director of Hotel Transylvania, and will include direction and development duties on his own projects, as well as upcoming Sony ones such as Popeye. The signing was announced recently by Bob Osher, who is president of Sony Pictures Digital Productions and Michelle Raimo-Kouyate, president of production at Sony Pictures Animation.
“Sony Pictures Animation is committed to attracting—and keeping—industry visionaries with the creative instincts to craft the style of vibrant storytelling that has been our trademark for ten memorable years,” says Osher. “I have known Genndy since his Hanna-Barbera days and am thrilled we are continuing the relationship with him. This is a very exciting collaboration, one that should yield wonderful animated stories in the years to come.”
“I grew up watching the works of great animators, such as Tex Avery and Bob Clampett, who knew that animation had no limits.” Tartakovsky notes. “At Sony Pictures Animation, I’ve found a new home where I’ve been given the opportunity to create new stories, characters and perhaps, even push the boundaries of animation”.
Hotel Transylvania, which premieres in theatres on September 28, 20212, marks Tartakovsky’s theatrical directorial debut, the quality of which seemed to have pleased execs, which would explain why his new deal includes his original concepts, as well as the new CG animated take on classic franchise Popeye.
Tartakovsky will lead a special presentation of Hotel Transylvania at Comic-Con in San Diego on Thursday, July 12 at 3:00 p.m. in the Indigo Ballroom of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. Fans in attendance will be the first to see all-new Comic-Con exclusive footage from the film, and have the opportunity to ask direct questions of Tartakovsky. Following the panel, Tartakovsky will be signing a Hotel Transylvania poster created specifically for Comic-Con fans at the Sony booth #4229.