While most movies have had delays over the last year, Hotel Transylvania 4 has somehow managed to swim the opposite direction. Originally pegged for a December 22, 2021 release, it was bumped up to August 6 a few months ago, and as of today it’s even closer, moving to July 23.
The movie also has a new title, “Hotel Transylvania: Transformania.” We don’t know what that means as there is still no trailer or even a plot description for this thing. With its release coming so soon, though, a peek at it can’t be far off.
The original Hotel Transylvania. mainly about Dracula managing the titular hotel while dealing with father-daughter issues, was released in 2012 and reviewed okay. Its sequels had diminishing returns critically but quite the opposite financially. Hotel Transylvania 3, which didn’t even take place in the hotel, wound up being the highest-grossing animated movie in Sony Animation’s history, earning $528 million worldwide from a budget of $80 million.
If anything, the movies are kept watchable through the influence of director Genndy Tartakovsky, whose sense of cartoon timing is still one of the best in the industry. This time, however, Genndy is stepping aside as director and Jennifer Kluska and Derek Drymon are serving in his place. That doesn’t mean he’ll have no influence on the picture though — he wrote the script for this one and he’s still an executive producer.
In its new release date, Hotel Transylvania 4 will have only a week to itself in the family moviegoing market, sandwiched between WB’s Space Jam: A New Legacy (released the week before) and Disney’s Jungle Cruise with Dwayne Johnson (released the week after). Its only competition in its opening weekend will be Shaymalan’s Old, which is not likely to steal much of the kid audience.
One more thing…they say Hotel Transylvania 4 will be the last of the Hotel Transylvania films. We’ll see if Sony sticks to that promise (or if they half-break it by announcing an unnecessary remake of Hotel Transylvania 1).