Sony has greenlit its third animated feature, monster comedy Hotel Transylvania, giving a vote of confidence to Sony Pictures Animation one month ahead of its first release, says Variety.
Anthony Stacchi and David Feiss, co-director and head of story, respectively, on Open Season, the unit's debut feature, will helm the film. Open Season producer Michelle Murdocca is producing. Big Momma's House screenwriter Don Rhymer, who worked on Surf's Up, is writing the screenplay.
SPA, the studio's 4-year-old CGI unit connected to its Imageworks f/x house, releases Open Season next month and is in production on Surf's Up for next summer.
Hotel Transylvania is about a group of classic monsters including Frankenstein, the Mummy, Dracula and the Werewolf who are hiding out in a hotel on the outskirts of Transylvania now that 21st century technology has seemingly made them irrelevant.
The film is tentatively set for release in 2009.