It looks as though Hotel Transylvania: Transformania will be the next film to take the direct-to-streaming route.
As the pandemic pounds along, movie studios are once again finding themselves in a precarious position when it comes to releasing their films. While some films are taking a day-and-date approach with streaming services, a few are selecting to go it alone theatrically. While Free Guy performed well in its opening weekend, how it does from here on out will be the real story.
Other studios are taking a totally different route and selling their films outright to streaming services. Sony Pictures, which lacks its own streaming service, is reportedly in talks with Amazon to take over the release of Hotel Transylvania: Transformania, the fourth film in the franchise.
According to Variety, Sony Pictures has been looking for a buyer since early Aug., and Amazon is currently leading the bidding with an offer of $100M. By comparison, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation grossed $527.1M globally in 2018.
With the Delta variant continuing to spread, and uncertainty about the status of children being vaccinated, this may be the best option for Sony Pictures in this case.
Drac and the pack are back, like you’ve never seen them before in Hotel Transylvania: Transformania. Reunite with your favorite monsters for an all-new adventure that presents Drac with his most terrifying task yet. When Van Helsing’s mysterious invention, the “Monsterfication Ray,” goes haywire, Drac and his monster pals are all transformed into humans, and Johnny becomes a monster! In their new mismatched bodies, Drac, stripped of his powers, and an exuberant Johnny, loving life as a monster, must team up and race across the globe to find a cure before it’s too late, and before they drive each other crazy. With help from Mavis and the hilariously human Drac Pack, the heat is on to find a way to switch themselves back before their transformations become permanent.
Should Hotel Transylvania: Transformania move to Amazon, no release date has been announced as of yet. The theatrical release date was set for Oct. 1.