Sony Pictures Animation has announced its slate through 2018 that includes five theatrical features, three television series and one direct-to-video movie.
Among the new titles heading to the small screen is Hotel Transylvania: The Television Series, produced in partnership with Corus Entertainment-owned Nelvana. The 26 x 22-minute series, which will focus on the teenage years of Mavis, Dracula’s daughter, and her friends, has been picked up by Disney Channels Worldwide in the US, Europe (excluding Germany), Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, the Middle East and Asia for release next year. In the US, Sony Pictures Television is distributing, while Nelvana Enterprises is handling distribution in all other territories.
Additional TV series include Ghostbusters: Ecto Force, which will feature a new generation of Ghostbusters in the year 2050. Aimed at an early 2018 debut, the project is being creatively spearheaded by Ivan Reitman and his production company Ghost Corps. Previously announced toon Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, meanwhile, is slated for its television series incarnation airdate in 2017. The 2D-animated series, produced in partnership with DHX Media and commissioned by Teletoon in Canada, will expand on the adventures of the computer-animated feature films and will air on Cartoon Network in the US and Turner channels across EMEA, APAC and Latin American markets.
Among the theatrical releases on the horizon are Smurfs: The Lost Village, which will hit the big screen next April; Emojimovie: Express Yourself, which, when it bows next August, will offer a comedic take on the secret world of phones and the emojis that live within them; The Star (working title), a Sony and Jim Henson Company copro slated for a December 2017 release that features a small but brave donkey and his animal friends as they partake in the first Christmas; and the Genndy Tartakovsky-directed Hotel Transylvania 3, the follow-up to Sony Pictures Animation’s highest-grossing film in the US that is slated to hit theaters in September 2018. An animated Spider-Man feature is also in the works for a December 2018 release.
In terms of direct-to-video fare, Surf’s Up 2: Wavemania will debut on home entertainment next spring.
Offering a mix of original and franchise-led properties has been a strategic move on the part of Sony Pictures Animation president Kristine Belson, the veteran DreamWorks Animation producer who was tapped by Sony in January 2015.