‘Hotel Transylvania’ TV Series in Development at Sony

Adaptation of Adam Sandler-lead animated feature franchise will focus on Dracula’s teenage daughter

Welcome to the “Hotel Transylvania” TV series: Sony Pictures Animation and Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana are developing an animated small-screen show based on the Adam Sandler-lead feature films.

The TV series will focus on the teenage years of Dracula’s daughter, Mavis, and her friends. The episodic animated monster comedy will be developed and produced by Nelvana Studio in Toronto and is slated to launch on air in early 2017.

Selena Gomez voices Mavis in the films, but casting for the TV series has yet to be announced.

Distribution for the “Hotel Transylvania” TV series will be handled by Sony Pictures Television in the U.S., while Nelvana Enterprises will distribute the series outside of the U.S. Sony Pictures Animation reserves global licenses for toys, games and publishing.

For all other categories, Sony Pictures Animation reserves U.S. rights and Corus will hold international rights.

Executive producing the series are Rick Mischel from Sony Pictures Animation, and Colin Bohm and Irene Weibel from Nelvana.

“We’re excited to be entering into a new relationship with Sony Pictures Animation to extend the world of ‘Hotel Transylvania’ into a new TV series,” said Bohm, vice president and head of Corus Kids. “The hilarious characters and clever premise of ‘Hotel Transylvania’ set the stage for endless story possibilities.”

Kristine Belson, president of Sony Pictures Animation commented: “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, expanding on the teenage years of Mavis and her friends at the world-famous monster five star resort!”

“Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana is a perfect creative partner and we look forward to sharing more Hotel Transylvania monster laughs with fans of all ages,” Rick Mischel, executive producer at Sony Pictures Animation, added.

The Fall 2012 theatrical release of “Hotel Transylvania” set a record as the highest-grossing September opening ever at the U.S. box office. The gang is back in “Hotel Transylvania 2,” which is scheduled to be released in North America on Sept. 25, 2015.

Here is the sequel film’s official description:

Everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania. Dracula’s rigid monster-only hotel policy has finally relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests. But behind closed coffins, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing signs of being a vampire. So while Mavis is busy visiting her human in-laws with Johnny – and in for a major cultural shock of her own – “Vampa” Drac enlists his friends Frank, Murray, Wayne and Griffin to put Dennis through a “monster-in-training” boot camp. But little do they know that Drac’s grumpy and very old, old, old school dad Vlad is about to pay a family visit to the hotel. And when Vlad finds out that his great-grandson is not a pure blood – and humans are now welcome at Hotel Transylvania – things are going to get batty!