Helmer leads Comic-Con presentation Thursday
Toon director Genndy Tartakovsky has signed an overall deal with Sony Pictures Animation that will keep the “Hotel Transylvania” helmer at the studio, where he’s also developing a take on “Popeye.” Pact includes development and direction of his own projects.Tartakovsky created “Dexter’s Laboratory” and “Samurai Jack” and the micro-series “Star Wars: Clone Wars.” “Sony Pictures Animation is committed to attracting — and keeping — industry visionaries with the creative instincts to craft the style of vibrant storytelling that has been our trademark for 10 memorable years,” said Bob Osher, prexy of Sony Pictures Digital Prods. “I have known Genndy since his Hanna-Barbera days and am thrilled we are continuing the relationship with him. This is a very exciting collaboration, one that should yield wonderful animated stories in the years to come.” SPA production prexy Michelle Raimo-Kouyate said, “Genndy’s unique style and vision are evident through his fantastic direction of ‘Hotel Transylvania.’ ” “We are excited to have him as part of the family at Sony Pictures Animation and look forward to supporting his extraordinary talents as they expand and take us in new, innovative directions.” “I grew up watching the works of great animators, such as Tex Avery and Bob Clampett, who knew that animation had no limits,” Tartakovsky said. “At Sony Pictures Animation, I’ve found a new home where I’ve been given the opportunity to create new stories, characters and perhaps, even push the boundaries of animation.” Tartakovsky makes his theatrical directorial debut with “Hotel Transylvania,” which opens Sept. 28. Pic features the voices of Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Selena Gomez and Andy Samberg. Tartakovsky will lead a special presentation at Comic-Con today in the Indigo Ballroom of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. Fans will see exclusive footage from the film and have the opportunity to ask questions of the helmer, who will be signing posters at the Sony booth following the panel. Tartakovsky recently signed on to direct “Popeye,” the film based on the popular King Features property that is being produced by Avi and Ari Arad. He previously served as animation director for “The Powerpuff Girls: The Movie,” having directed Cartoon Network’s series of the same name. The Moscow-born, CalArts-educated filmmaker also had a hand in crafting the final action sequence of “Iron Man 2.” Under the direction of Osher and Raimo-Kouyate, SPA is celebrating its 10th anniversary. In addition to “Hotel Transylvania” and “Popeye,” the company’s slate includes a pair of “Smurfs” sequels and “Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers,” which storms into theaters in February 2014.