Comedy legend Mel Brooks has been tapped to voice Vlad in Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 2. He’ll play the very old and grumpy vampire father to Adam Sandler’s Dracula. The sequel to Sony’s 2012 family film sees old-school supernatural meet modern-day cool when Vlad turns up at the hotel for an impromptu family get-together. Genndy Tartakovsky is helming again from a script by Robert Smigel. The original movie made about $360M worldwide and was nominated for a Golden Globe. This one is set for release September 25.
The Oscar-, Tony-, Grammy- and Emmy-winning Brooks has some cinematic vampire experience; he directed, produced and co-wrote 1995’s Dracula: Dead And Loving It, also starring as vamp hunter Val Helsing. He said of the Hotel Transylvania character: “He’s been around for eons, and he’s a pretty crabby guy. Basically, he reminds me of me.”
In a savvy move that helps local audiences identify with animated films, Sony Pictures Releasing International is recruiting well-known actors in major markets around the world to voice Vlad. Thus far they include Michel Galabru, the 92-year-old Frenchman with more than 200 films to his name; legendary Japanese horror narrator Junji Inagawa; Holland’s Bram Van Der Vlugt, the most recognized portrayer of Saint Nicholas in Dutch TV and film; and Belgian veteran Jacques Vermeire. Michelle Murdocca is producing Hotel Transylvania 2 with Sandler, Allen Covert, and Ben Waisbren exec producing.