Tartakovsky Won’t Helm Third “Transylvania”

Even with the sequel currently breaking box-office records for a September opening, acclaimed filmmaker Genndy Tartakovsky says that he has no plans to return to the helm of the “Hotel Transylvania” animated franchise.

Though Sony Pictures has yet to announce a third installment in the series, the sequel’s $48 million opening makes it all but inevitable. Speaking with The Wrap, Tartakovsky says he’s done with the series though as he wants to move onto other projects:

“‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ is going to happen without me. Two is enough. I have a lot of other ideas, and I kind of have to express them and have them come out.”

The Russian-born American animator exited Sony’s reboot of the “Popeye” franchise earlier this year over creative differences and is next attached to the original animated feature “Can You Imagine?”. Talking about why he left “Popeye,” he revealed the studio was keen on something more contemporary:

“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.”

“Hotel Transylvania 2” is now in cinemas.