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Postby mr.negativity » Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:07 pm

Sony’s CG POPEYE Movie Loses Its Director
“Right now, I’m off that project and moving on to the other one that we soft-announced, which is Can You Imagine? which is an original idea of my own and a very personal story. It was hard to let Popeye go, but that’s the business.”


THR 3/12/2014:
Sony Animation Sets Slate: 'Smurfs', 'Transylvania 2,' More (Exclusive)
Among the projects: "Hotel Transylvania" director Genndy Tartakovsky is set to helm a sequel and is developing a new creation "Can You Imagine?"
Borys Kit wrote:SPA is betting big on Genndy Tartakovsky, the popular animator behind Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack and Star Wars: The Clone Wars, who is working on two of the three projects.

Tartakovsky, who already directed Hotel Transylvania and is deep into Popeye for the company, is continuing his relationship with SPA by not only signing on to direct Hotel Transylvania 2 but by also developing a new original creation tentatively called Genndy Tartakovsky’s Can You Imagine?

The plot is being kept deep in the recesses of the mind, but it is described as a fantastic journey through one boy’s imagination. Michelle Murdocca, who produced Hotel Transylvania, is producing Can You Imagine?, which Tartakovsky is writing and will direct.

“When he comes up with a great idea, of course you want to listen to it,” says Bob Osher, the president of Sony Pictures Digital Productions who initially brought Tartakovsky to work on the first Hotel Transylvania.
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Re: Genndy Tartakovsky’s ‘Can You Imagine?’

Postby mr.negativity » Mon Sep 28, 2015 9:26 am

A Conversation With Genndy Tartakovsky About ‘Hotel Transylvania 2,’ ‘Popeye,’ ‘Can You Imagine?’ and ‘Samurai Jack’
Scott Thill wrote:The animation community, artists and fans alike, need no introduction to the singular Genndy Tartakovsky.

But the same perhaps cannot be said of Sony, which this week releases the visionary director’s sequel to his highly successful feature film debut, Hotel Transylvania. From the infamous Sony hack that revealed creative interference from Hotel Transylvania 2 writer Robert Smigel and star Adam Sandler (whose execrable Pixels was one of the worst, and most offensive, films of 2015) to the studio’s removal of Tartakovsky from his beloved Popeye reboot, Sony still doesn’t seem to understand that it has a cartoon visionary in its midst.

Fortunately, this tumultuous industry backstory doesn’t necessarily come through in Hotel Transylvania 2, which despite its uneven pacing and story still manages to offer more cartoon creativity and hilarious gags than pretty much anything else in animated film’s blockbuster marketplace. But speaking by phone from Sony, it doesn’t take long (at all) for the stubborn and refreshingly frank Tartakovsky to hold forth on his frustrations with the way Hotel Transylvania 2 and Popeye were handled. They are, of course, balanced out by Tartakovsky’s persistent optimism for his next fantastic Sony project, Can You Imagine?, although it is still only in development, as well as the growing certainty that his poetic, timeless Cartoon Network series Samurai Jack will make an inevitable comeback.

And while the same may not be said about his baby, Sym-Bionic Titan — smothered too early in its crib by a short-sighted Cartoon Network, a cancellation that compelled Tartakovsky to abscond to Sony — the Dexter’s Laboratory auteur is nevertheless holding his head high and hoping for the best as Hotel Transylvania 2′s box office returns will come in during a Halloween season in which it has no real competition for the hearts and minds of the all-ages demographic.

I spoke with Tartakovsky about all of these subjects, and why animated feature films, despite perennially appearing in the top five most financially successful movies of the year (any year), are still maddeningly treated like second-class citizens in a cinema industry running short on original ideas.


Box Office: ‘Hotel Transylvania 2’ Breaks September Record With $47.5 Million Debut
“It’s on its way to being one of the most beloved franchises of all time,” said Rory Bruer, Sony Pictures president of worldwide distribution.
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Re: Genndy Tartakovsky’s ‘Can You Imagine?’

Postby The Shadow » Tue Sep 29, 2015 1:30 am

Haven't read the article yet, just wanted to pop in and say that if Sony executives have any sense at all they'll snap up the movie rights to Samurai Jack and give Tartakovsky free reign in developing the movie.

Also, I'm so very disappointed that Tartakovsky wasn't able to continue with the Popeye movie; with what little we saw it looked like the movie would have been a wonderful reintroduction of classic Popeye.
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Re: Genndy Tartakovsky’s ‘Can You Imagine?’

Postby lhb412 » Tue Sep 29, 2015 1:33 am

I'm still gutted about Popeye... but after the Sony hack revealed a lack of awareness and competence at the studio I wasn't surprised when it happened.
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Re: Genndy Tartakovsky’s ‘Can You Imagine?’

Postby lhb412 » Wed Sep 30, 2015 9:34 pm

Man, Genndy's in such a tough spot. He's managed to spin Sandler's dreck of an attempt at a family franchise into box office gold solely by the virtue of his brilliant animation, but those asshats at Sony have no idea what to do with this genius they've got. At least he seems to have a good/realistic sense of how the business works, which should keep him from being totally crushed.
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Re: ‘Hotel Transylvania Franchise’

Postby mr.negativity » Thu Oct 01, 2015 2:43 am

‘Hotel Transylvania 2’ Director Confirms He Won’t Return for Third Movie: ‘Two is Enough’
Despite the film’s record-breaking September opening, Genndy Tartakovsky tells TheWrap, “I have a lot of other ideas, and I kind of have to express them”
Beatrice Verhoeven wrote:Tartakovsky’s comments are surprising, as both films starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi and David Spade have grossed an estimated $200 million thus far domestically, and the sequel has been in release a total of four days. But Tartakovsky wants to focus on other projects, such as the animated film “Can You Imagine?”

What happened with “Popeye?”
We made a version that we were happy with, and the studio didn’t like that version. It’s still a mystery for me that they didn’t like that version. They wanted to do “Popeye” for the brand recognition and I loved the character and grew up with it, so there was a tug of war. They wanted it really updated, and I can only update it a little before it isn’t “Popeye” anymore. To be truthful, it was in the middle of the Sony hack and the studio was really struggling. It was just really bad timing.
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Re: Sony Pictures Animation

Postby mr.negativity » Tue Jun 21, 2016 10:15 am

Sony Pictures Animation announces a two-year slate of TV and movie titles
Lots of familiar titles here and not much innovation
DREW MCWEENY wrote:HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3—the follow-up to Sony Pictures Animation’s highest grossing film in the U.S. and the biggest opening ever for a domestic September release —is scheduled to hit theaters September 21, 2018. Director Genndy Tartakovsky (DEXTER’S LABORATORY, STAR WARS: CLONE WARS), who returns to helm this brand new adventure, says, “I thought I was done exploring the world of HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA after the first two films, but while I was away from the franchise finishing my TV show SAMURAI JACK, an idea sparked that I got really excited about and made it irresistible to return and helm myself this third adventure.” Michelle Murdocca is back producing, with Adam Sandler executive producing, and Michael McCullers (AUSTIN POWERS: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME, BOSS BABY) writing the screenplay. Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez and Andy Samberg will be returning as the voices of Dracula, his vampire daughter Mavis, and her human husband Johnny.

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA: THE TELEVISION SERIES is targeted for a 2017 airdate. The animated television series, produced in partnership with Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana, will focus on the teenage years of Mavis, Dracula’s daughter, and her friends. It will be airing on the Disney Channel worldwide.


DREW MCWEENY wrote:THE STAR (working title) is scheduled for a December 8,2017 theatrical release. The computer-animated feature is directed by Oscar nominee Timothy Reckart (HEAD OVER HEELS); executive produced by DeVon Franklin, Lisa Henson, and Brian Henson; co-produced by Jenni Magee Cook; and written by Carlos Kotkin and Simon Moore. In The Star, a small but brave donkey and his animal friends become the unsung heroes of the greatest story ever told, the first Christmas. Sony Pictures Animation produces in association with The Jim Henson Company.

The Small One - 1978
The Small One is a 1978 American animated featurette produced by Walt Disney Productions and released theatrically by Buena Vista Distribution on December 16, 1978 with a Christmas 1978 re-issue of Pinocchio. The story is based on a children's book by Charles Tazewell and was an experiment for the new generation of Disney animators including Don Bluth, Richard Rich, Henry Selick, Gary Goldman and John Pomeroy.

The story tells of a young boy, outside Nazareth, who must part with his best friend, an old donkey named Small One. He brings it to market, but no one is in need of a "scrawny donkey", except for a tanner.
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Re: Sony Pictures Animation

Postby mr.negativity » Fri Jun 24, 2016 4:44 am

Tom Rothman on 'Spider-Man' Plans and Loving 'Ghostbusters' Trolls: "Can We Please Get Some More Haters to Say Stupid Things?"
Sony’s movie chief believes the men against his movie are doing the marketing for him, bets big on ghosts, Jennifer Lawrence and a global strategy.
Stephen Galloway wrote:Animation is so competitive right now. How do you make something stand out?
It's competitive because it's very lucrative, right? You can't run that business without a view toward the costs. Those movies do not have to cost $150 million.

Can they cost half of that?
Yes, they can cost half of that.

Is that a rule?
No, not at all. We’ll make more expensive ones — particularly sequels — and we’ve had back-to-back successes, with Hotel Transylvania 2 and Angry Birds, which is going to be the fourth highest-grossing American animated movie in China ever. The sequel's in the works and we have the next four or five movies lined up. We have Smurfs all animated coming out next year. For the first time, we'll actually have three animated movies in the same year, [along with] The Emoji movie. And then the third animated movie will be at Christmas, an extension of our very good faith business. We're making an animated Nativity story, called The Star, from the animals' point of view. It's really sweet and lovely and that's a much lower cost. And we have dated Christmas 2018 for what I believe is truly going to be a breakthrough animated sensation. Lord and Miller, who did the Lego movies, are doing an animated Spider-Man. And it has a very breakthrough look to it, and a fantastic story, and it's independent from our Marvel Spider-Man.

Since you teamed with Marvel, do you plan to make a whole Spider-Man universe? Do you have plans for more work with Marvel?
Yes to both those questions. It’s been fantastic, our relationship with Marvel.

Who has greenlight authority?
Sony has the ultimate authority. But we have deferred the creative lead to Marvel, because they know what they’re doing. We start shooting the new Spider-Man in Atlanta [in mid-June].

Do you want to trim the costs of that franchise?
I don’t want to trim costs. I want to make money. And sometimes you make money by trimming costs and sometimes by investing in things that are profitable. A movie like Spider-Man by Marvel, that’s not inexpensive. But it’s a great investment. Knowing that Marvel has such a clear, creative vision, I sleep very well at night.
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Re: Sony Pictures Animation

Postby mr.negativity » Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:18 pm

Annecy: Sony Animation Boss Teases New Films, Talks 'Smurf' Misstep: "It Tanked"
“It was truly heartbreaking. In retrospect we had the wrong date," she said of 'Smurfs.' "Honestly, we underestimated what a big hit 'Boss Baby' would be.”
Sony Animation president Kristine Belson teased three unannounced projects from new directors that will be added to the upcoming slate during her keynote at the Annecy Animation Festival.

The projects include a family road trip comedy from Gravity Falls actor Mike Rianda; the prehistoric origins of the “universal love story” between man and dog from commercial director Jon Saunders; and comedy about a billionaire forced to grow up when he takes on the orphaned children of his former foe from Kubo and the Two Strings story creator Shannon Tindle.

She clarified that the dog and man film is not an Aardman project.

Belson noted that all three are first-time feature directors – though the trio are all white males, a possible criticism that she addressed: “As diverse as the slate is, and the movies are diverse, I can’t pretend the filmmakers behind them are and that’s something we feel strongly about working on,” she said.

The three projects will be scheduled for 2020 or 2021.

In a surprise move, their calendar will be blank for 2019, Belson said, with no films set to be released that year. She framed it as a positive thing, saying that it means “one of our movies got more time.”

The Angry Birds sequel will come out in 2019, which, even though it’s animated, is a Sony studio film and doesn’t come from the animation arm.

Sony Animation is also looking at acquiring an independent project, which would be released during that year. The small studio will also be making a big play in the digital space, to find different kinds of content, financial and distribution models.

“We feel strongly that to not look beyond the traditional theatrical distribution model would be a huge mistake. The way that audiences view movies is changing fast and to cling to these antiquated notions that the only way for an audience to experience our animation is in a theater would be foolish,” she said.

It will develop several projects under what she called the “All Content Slate,” which that includes R-rated animated films, what Belson termed “lower-budget, older-skewing films that push the boundaries,” she said, citing the recent Sausage Party success. Depending on how they shake out, those could get a big or small screen release.

What is set for online is its two musical limited-series shows. “These are digital plays for sure. These will wind up on Netflix or Amazon, she said. “It’s kind of odd for a studio division like ours as we are a major distributor. It’s a little weird that we would go and make a deal with Netflix,” she said of the not-so-gentle streaming giant.

Hotel Transylvania will be released in summer 2018, and the studio hopes it will be come their tentpole. "It's our biggest franchise and the studio has big plans for it. They want to blow it up, and that maybe will become our transformational movie," she said.

Helmer Genndy Tarakovsky with be back behind the camera for the third installment of that franchise, set for a late 2018 release, having returned to the Sony fold after having parted ways following the failure of the Popeye project.

“Getting him back took a little doing,” Belson noted.

The new Spider-Man animated film with Miles Morales as the titular character will have “a very different from any other animated movie. Wehad to break and rebuild the pipeline to embrace the visual language of the comic which you could never do in a live-action movie,” she said. It will be a visual break from former incarnations of the bat, since the designers "embraced the visual language of the comic."

Of their upcoming Emoji Movie, Belson said it was “the fastest greenlight in the history of Sony.”

Belson also addressed the failure of their big Smurfs: The Lost Village reboot, which opened April 7. She said the studio loved the movie and felt it played well with audiences, and everyone expected a hit to reinvigorate the franchise began with 2011’s Smurfs film that earned $564 million worldwide.

“It tanked,” she admitted. “It was truly heartbreaking. In retrospect we had the wrong date … Honestly, we underestimated what a big hit Boss Baby would be.”

When the studio saw the impending doom it tried to move the released date, but “we were locked in by these really big promotional partnerships and the penalties for moving the dates were massive.” It kept its slot and opened to only $14.1 million and hovers at the $200 million mark. The film is expected to break even after home distribution but is a disappointment for the studio.

The current distribution model and marketing isn’t working, she said, pushed by the “oversaturation” of the animated film market. “But that would be a whole other keynote,” she joked.


Boss Baby 2’ Dated for March 2021 With Alec Baldwin Returning
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Re: Sony Pictures Animation

Postby lhb412 » Sun Jun 25, 2017 11:13 pm

Helmer Genndy Tarakovsky with be back behind the camera for the third installment of that franchise, set for a late 2018 release, having returned to the Sony fold after having parted ways following the failure of the Popeye project.

“Getting him back took a little doing,” Belson noted.


I hope that 'doing' involved giving him a lot of money and more creative freedom.
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Re: Sony Pictures Animation

Postby mr.negativity » Fri May 18, 2018 1:30 pm

Deadline May 14, 2018:
Snoopy & Charlie Brown Head To Sony After Music Division Pays $185M To Buy Stake In Brand
Peter White wrote:Snoopy is heading to Sony after the company paid $185M to acquire a stake in the Peanuts franchise. Sony Music Entertainment, the music division of the Japanese giant, has bought a 39% stake in Charles M. Schulz’s creation – marking the first major entertainment purchase since Kenichiro Yoshida took over from Kaz Hirai as Sony’s CEO.

Sony bought 49% of DHX Media’s 80% interest in the franchise with the Canadian kids’ company retaining a 41% overall stake in Peanuts. The Schulz family continues to own 20%. The deal is expected to close on June 30 2018.

It comes as Sony’s consumer products division, Sony Creative Products, has been representing the global IP of Snoopy and Charlie Brown since 2010 with the company currently spearheading multiple licensing programs celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Peanuts’ launch in Japan.

“We are honoured to deepen our relationship with Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) as we continue our expansion of Peanuts globally,” said Michael Donovan, Executive Chair and CEO of DHX Media. “Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) has incredible expertise in rights management across the entertainment and consumer products industries, having successfully grown the Peanuts business in Japan over 200% since they became our agent in 2010. This transaction will allow DHX Media to de-lever our balance sheet as we team up with an ideal partner to help us reach our worldwide growth targets for Peanuts in the coming years.”
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Re: Genndy Tartakovsky's Black Knight

Postby mr.negativity » Wed Jul 25, 2018 3:43 pm

Deadline July 25, 2018:
‘Hotel Transylvania’ Helmer Genndy Tartakovsky Sets New Projects At Sony Pictures Animation
Amanda N'Duka wrote:EXCLUSIVE: Fresh off of the release on of Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, Director Genndy Tartakovsky, has signed on to direct two original animated features for Sony Pictures Amination. Details on the future projects are scarce but what is known is that the film’s titles are Fixed, an R-Rated comedy, and Black Knight, an epic action-adventure in the vein of Tartakovsky’s popular series Samurai Jack, which he will also write.

“I’m very excited to start this next adventure with my Sony family,” said Tartakovsky. “With their trust and support we are going to do something unique and different, and push animation to the next level.”

Tartakovsky directed all three Hotel Transylvania films (and co-wrote the third), which have collectively raked in over $1 billion at the worldwide box office. The third installment, currently playing in theaters, opened at $44 million domestically and currently has a worldwide tally of $227 million.

“Genndy is one of the most singular voices in animation today and we are overjoyed to have him develop his next original features at Sony Pictures Animation, where he began his theatrical career nearly a decade ago,” said Kristine Belson, President of Sony Pictures Animation. “His imagination and talent have no boundaries, which will be made abundantly clear by the two wildly different movies he’ll be directing next.”

Tartakovsky is also known as the creator of animated series Dexter’s Laboratory and Star Wars: Clone Wars.

Up next on Sony’s animation slate are Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which hits out December 14, and Lin Manuel Miranda’s original musical feature Vivo, out November 6, 2020.
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Re: Sony Pictures Animation

Postby O.Supreme » Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:17 pm

^ I have no interest in any of the HT films, but I had no idea Genndy Tartakovsky was directing them. Good to see he is making it big for himself. I mean we all remember Dexter's lab, samurai jack, and Clone Wars...but I had no idea he was even still active in the business. Bravo to him.
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Re: Sony Pictures Animation

Postby lhb412 » Thu Jul 26, 2018 2:40 pm

Genndy's a genius, so it's just a matter of a studio with smarts to utilize him properly.
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Re: Genndy Tartakovsky's Black Knight

Postby mr.negativity » Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:32 pm

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Sony Pictures Animation Plots International and Alternative Slate, Including Adult-Oriented Movies & Shows
Ethan Anderton wrote:Alternative Projects: Boondocks Return, Genndy Tartakovsky’s Movies & More

On the alternative side of animation, Sony Pictures Animation is really looking to set itself apart from the rest of the major animation studios out there. That begins with projects that are geared more towards adults in both film and television. As you can see, that new logo at the top of the page (which will be used as part of their new endeavor) gets rid of the more cartoony logo and is a little more sleek. Here’s a rundown of how it plans to expand its approach:

Black Knight – Genndy Tartakovsky is getting back into martial arts territory with this feature film that won’t be explicitly geared towards kids. At Annecy, Tartakovsky made an appearance to discuss his new project, saying, “If you take any action movie you’ve ever loved and you add ninjas,” you get Black Night. The film will follow a highly skilled and loyal knight who, after failing to protect his king, must transform himself into the Black Knight to save the kingdom. If you’ve seen Samurai Jack, then you know this is something that could be awesome.
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Re: Sony Pictures Animation

Postby lhb412 » Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:38 pm

When I saw Spiderverse it felt like a revolution. It proved that stylized animation could tell the kind of adventure story that make up most blockbuster live-action films instead of simply talking animal films for kids. If Sony really goes this way with animation they could revolutionize everything. We could become like Japan, what animation being a viable medium for all sorts of stories.
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