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Sony announces new Hotel Transylvania and Smurfs movies

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There’s a reason the story of a vampire father learning to love his vampire daughter while running a hotel full of outlandish monster guests—as seen in 2012’s Hotel Transylvania—is so timeless: It’s a story everybody can relate to. Luckily, the adventures of Adam Sandler’s befuddled hotel manager/undead blood-sucking demon will no longer be confined to only one movie, as Sony Pictures Animation has announced a sequel to Hotel Transylvania. The new film will also feature the return of director Genndy Tartakovsky. Someone at Sony is apparently a fan of Tartakovsky’s excellent Dexters Laboratory and Samurai Jack cartoons, because the studio has also put him in charge of a haven’t-we-done-this-already Popeye movie and an original project tentatively titled Can You Imagine?.

This is according to The Hollywood Reporter, which also says that Sony is working on a new all-animated Smurfs movie. (Sorry, Neil Patrick Harris.) The project will be helmed by Kelly Asbury, who also directed Shrek 2 and Gnomeo & Juliet. The article suggests that it will be a prequel, though it doesn’t say whether or not it will exist in the same continuity as the previous Smurfs movies. With its all-animated cast, however, this could finally be the movie that purist Smurfs fans (assuming there are such fans) have wanted for the last 20-odd years.

Smurfs: The Phantom Menace is set to for release on August 14, 2015, while Hotel Transylvania 2 will be coming September 25, 2015 (right in the middle of summer’s prime hotel season and fall’s prime Transylvania season).

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