Sony Pictures announced today that their sequel Hotel Transylvania 3 will hit theaters nationwide on September 21, 2018. No voice cast members have been announced for this animated movie, but it will be going up against Warner Bros.' Scooby-Doo animated reboot, which was announced back in August. As of now, they are the only two movies to be slated for release in the entire month of September 2018, but that will surely change in the months and years ahead.
Back in September, just one week after Hotel Transylvania 2 hit theaters, director Genndy Tartakovsky revealed he would not be returning for Hotel Transylvania 3, but the studio was still moving forward with the sequel. The filmmaker was also set to direct Popeye for Sony Pictures Animation, but he dropped out back in March, and we haven't heard about the studio hiring a replacement since then. There was talk that the studio may scrap the project altogether, after the filmmaker's departure, but that hasn't been confirmed.
As for Hotel Transylvania 3, we haven't heard about who the studio may be bringing in to replace Genndy Tartakovsky, but it's no surprise that Sony Pictures Animation is moving forward with another installment. The original Hotel Transylvania took in $358.3 million worldwide at the box office, from an $85 million production budget. The sequel Hotel Transylvania 2 hit theaters in September, earning $373.6 million worldwide after just six weeks in theaters.
No cast members have been confirmed at this time, but it seems likely that Adam Sandler (Dracula), Andy Samberg (Jonathan), Selena Gomez (Mavis), Kevin James (Frankenstein), Steve Buscemi (Wayne) and David Spade (Griffin) will reprise their roles for the sequel. Hotel Transylvania 2 also introduced Mel Brooks as Dracula's father Vlad, but it isn't known if he will be back as well. We'll keep you posted as soon as more details are revealed.
It also isn't known if Hotel Transylvania 2 writers Adam Sandler and Robert Smigel will be back to write the script for Hotel Transylvania 3, but we'll keep you posted as soon as we have new updates. Are you glad this hit animated franchise is coming back? Or do you think Hotel Transylvania 3 will be dead on arrival when it hits theaters in September 2018?