Sony Pictures Animation continues to expand its stable of talented filmmakers with the signing of three-time Emmy Award winner Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars) to an overall agreement that extends beyond his current directorial film debut of Hotel Transylvania to include development and direction of his own projects, as well as an all-new take on Popeye. The deal was announced today by Bob Osher, President of Sony Pictures Digital Productions, and Michelle Raimo-Kouyate, President of Production, 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 10 memorable years," says Bob Osher. "I have known Genndy Tartakovsky 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."
" Genndy Tartakovsky 's unique style and vision are evident through his fantastic direction of Hotel Transylvania," adds Raimo-Kouyate. "We are excited to have him as part of the family at Sony Pictures Animation and look forward to supporting his extraordinary talents as they expand and take us in new, innovative directions."
"I grew up watching the works of great animators, such as Tex Avery and , who knew that animation had no limits," Genndy Tartakovsky explains. "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 arrives in theatres on September 28, 2012, represents Genndy Tartakovsky 's theatrical directorial debut. Genndy Tartakovsky 's new overall deal includes development of his original concepts, as well as an all-new take on Popeye, based on the popular Hearst-owned King Features property and produced by Avi Arad & Ari Arad, which Genndy Tartakovsky is also attached to direct.
Genndy 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 Genndy Tartakovsky. Following the panel, Genndy Tartakovsky will be signing a Hotel Transylvania poster created specifically for Comic-Con fans at the Sony booth #4229.