Sony Pictures announced on Tuesday that it will release a fourth “Hotel Transylvania” film on Dec. 22, 2021.
Created by Todd Durham and directed by “Samurai Jack” creator Genndy Tartakovsky, the “Hotel Transylvania” series has been Sony Animation’s most lucrative franchise with $1.3 billion grossed worldwide. After the first two films were slated for September release in 2012 and 2015, “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” was released in the middle of summer last year and grossed a record $528 million worldwide, including $167.5 million domestically.
Now Sony is taking “Hotel Transylvania” into the holiday season, where the studio has found success recently with hits like “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and the Oscar-winning “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.”
While the December 2021 slate has yet to be fully formed, “HT4” is currently set to run against the third installment of James Cameron’s long-gestating “Avatar” series, along with Universal’s adaptation of the hit “Wizard of Oz” musical “Wicked.”