The fourth movie of the franchise that grossed over $1.3 billion with its first three installments is likely to release on Amazon Prime Video
Hotel Transylvania has been a successful franchise for Sony, with the first three movies grossing over $1.3 billion across worldwide. The animation studio has now decided to release the fourth and possibly the final installment Hotel Transylvania: Transformania on OTT. The film was earlier planned for a theatrical release on October 1, 2021. But according to Variety, Sony Pictures Animation (SPA) and Amazon are nearing a deal of over $100 million for the film, which seems to be nearly three times less than what each film of the franchise has made.
The first film earned a profit of $273 million after it collected $358 million worldwide at the box office in total. Hotel Transylvania 2 made profits of $393 million and the third film earned profit of $448 million. The production budget of each movie has been only around $80 million. If the deal of over $100 million is finalised for the fourth installment that is said to have been made with a budget of $75 million, the makers would make the least profits, compared to all other films of the franchise.
But as far as fans are concerned, they can enjoy the animation feature from the comfort of their homes. There were also rumours doing rounds that the movie would stream on Netflix, after SPA released their latest movies The Mitchells VS The Machines and Vivo on the streaming platform. But if the latest reports are to be believed, Transformania would stream on Amazon Prime Video.
Transformania is expected to be the final chapter of the Hotel Transylvania franchise. But Adam Sandler and Kevin James won't return for the roles. It will instead star Selena Gomez, David Spade, Steve Bescemi, Kathryn Hahn, Andy Samberg, Keegan-Michael Key, Jim Gaffigan and Molly Shannon.
While Genndy Tartakovsky directed the first three installments of the franchise, Transformania is co-directed by Jennifer Kluska and Derek Drymon with the script by Amos Vernon, Nunzio Randazzo and Tartakovsky.
Sony has earlier struck deals with other platforms for plenty of their films in 2020 and 2021. It sold Greyhound to Apple TV, Fatherhood to Netflix, Cinderella to Amazon, An American Pickle to HBO Max and Happiest Season to Hulu.