Adam Sandler is checking into “Hotel Transylvania,” as Sony’s go-to funnyman has signed on to voice the lead role of Dracula in Sony Pictures Animation’s 3D family comedy.
Hotel Transylvania is Dracula’s lavish, five-stake resort where monsters and their families can live it up, free from meddling humans. Pic boasts several of Sandler’s regular co-stars in supporting roles, including Kevin James as Frank, aka Frankenstein, and Fran Drescher as his larger-than-life bride. David Spade will play Quasimodo, the former hunchback of Notre Dame who’s now a gourmet chef, while Cee Lo Green will play Murray, a singing mummy. Steve Buscemi and Molly Shannon will play Wayne and Wanda, a pair of married werewolves on a family vacation at the hotel, while Andy Samberg will play Jonathan, a 21-year-old regular guy whose world travels land him at the hotel, where he takes a shine to Dracula’s teenage daughter, Mavis.
Veteran animator Genndy Tartakovsky will direct the pic, which is being produced by Michelle Murdocca (“Open Season”). Tartakovsky is best known for his work on “Samurai Jack,” “Star Wars: Clone Wars” and “Dexter’s Laboratory,” though he also provided the stylish animated prologue for Screen Gems’ “Priest.”
“We’re thrilled to be working with Adam to create a comedic Dracula for a new generation,” said Michelle Raimo-Kouyate, Sony Animation’s prexy of production. “We have a unique story about that iconic character…that re-imagines Transylvania and its legendary monsters in the way that only animation can.”
Sony Pictures Imageworks (“The Smurfs”) will handle animation and Columbia Pictures will release the pic on Sept. 21, 2012.
Sandler’s last animated pic was Columbia Pictures’ 2002 release “Eight Crazy Nights,” though he’ll soon be heard voicing Donald the Monkey in “Zookeeper,” which the studio releases on Friday. Sandler recently wrapped Sony’s “Jack and Jill” and is currently filming “I Hate You, Dad,” both of which he’s also producing through his Happy Madison banner. Sandler is repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.