Sony Pictures and Amazon Prime Video have just inked a $100 million deal that will see Hotel Transylvania 4, subtitled Transformania, available exclusively on their streaming service. In case you’re wondering now if you missed the theatrical run…there wasn’t one.
The release date for this movie has been bouncing around like one of its rubbery CGI monsters. It was originally planned for a December 22, 2020 release before being moved to August 6, 2021 and then bumped up to July 23, 2021, which would have pitted it against WB’s Space Jam: A New Legacy. Instead, LeBron’s commercial for Warner properties ran unopposed and HT4 was bumped yet again, this time to next October.
There have been whispers the past couple weeks that the film was making a move to Netflix due to the resurgence of COVID. Such a fate would’ve made sense as Sony’s other animated films targeted for 2021 showed up there: The Mitchells Vs. The Machines, Wish Dragon, and Vivo. Looks like the streaming story was true, but the sudden swerve to Amazon is an unexpected twist.
Hotel Transylvania: Transformania takes place during the hotel’s 125th anniversary celebration when Johnny, Dracula’s son-in-law, is still feeling insecure about being the only non-monster tenant there. Van Helsing shows up and reveals he just so happens to have a transformation ray that can turn people into monsters. What he doesn’t tell Johnny is that the technology is still highly experimental — and unpredictable.
The ray boings throughout the hotel’s halls, turning monsters into people, turning people into monsters, and causing total chaos. It’s Transformania! The important thing is that this premise allows them to create a ton of rubbery sight gags, as is tradition. Genndy Tartakovsky is still executive producer, but Jennifer Kluska and Derek Drymon are directing the picture instead.
Fittingly, Hotel Transylvania 4 will be the last film in the series. There is no mention of whether the movie will keep its October 1 release date.