Hotel Transylvania 3 is an upcoming American 3D computer-animated fantasy-comedy film produced by Sony Pictures Animation. It is the third installment in the Hotel Transylvania franchise and a sequel to 2015 film Hotel Transylvania 2. The film is scheduled to be released on July 13, 2018 by Columbia Pictures.


Mavis surprises Dracula with a family voyage on a luxury Monster Cruise Ship so he can take a vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel. The rest of Drac’s Pack cannot resist going along, and once they leave port, romance zings Drac when he meets the mysterious ship captain, Ericka. Now it’s Mavis’ turn to play the overprotective parent, keeping her dad and Ericka apart. Little do they know that his “too good to be true” love interest is actually a descendant of Van Helsing, arch nemesis to Dracula and all monsters.[1]



In September 2015, Michelle Murdocca, the film's producer, said before the second film's release that the studio was "talking about number 3 and moving forward and taking the franchise to the next level," but that she and director Genndy Tartakovsky would not return, since they were working on Tartakovsky's Can You Imagine?[3] In September 2015, director Genndy Tartakovsky revealed that he would not be returned for the sequel, telling TheWrap that "two is enough. I have a lot of other ideas, and I kind of have to express them and have them come out."[4] Despite previously leaving the series to develop other projects, Tartakovsky later confirmed that he would return as the director for this installment.[2][5] Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez and Andy Samberg would also reprise their previous roles as Dracula, Mavis and Johnny in the film, which was being written by Austin Powers writer Michael McCullers.[2] In June 2016, Sony Pictures Animation also confirmed that director Tartakovsky would be returning for the third film.[6] According to Tartakovsky, he returned after he got an inspiration from a "miserable" family vacation, and the film would take place aboard a cruise ship.[7][8]


Hotel Transylvania 3 was scheduled for a September 21, 2018 release date.[9] On February 6, 2017, it was then moved up to July 13, 2018.[10]


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