Another toon feature has its eye on the small screen. This time, it’s Hotel Transylvania, which Sony Pictures Animation and Nelvana are developing as a TV series ahead of the feature sequel’s fall debut. Focusing on the teenage years of Dracula’s daughter, Mavis, and her friends, the series will be developed and produced by Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana Studio in Toronto and eyed for an early 2017 premiere. Rick Mischel of Sony Pictures Animation and Nelvana’s Colin Bohm and Irene Weibel are the executive producers
There’s no word on voice talent for the groovy-ghoulie series, which Sony Pictures TV will distribute in the U.S., with Nelvana Enterprises handling all other territories. The feature franchise stars Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Molly Shannon and Mel Brooks.
“The hilarious characters and clever premise of Hotel Transylvania set the stage for endless story possibilities,” said Colin Bohm, VP and Head of Corus Kids. Sony Animation president Kristine Belson, “Audiences have embraced the world and characters of Hotel Transylvania, so we are thrilled to be partnering with Nelvana to take them on new adventures.”
Hotel Transylvania, the story of Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up without those meddling humans, grossed $358.4 million worldwide in 2012, including $210 million overseas. The sequel hits domestic theaters September 25.