New films and TV series will feature the Smurfs, emojis and more.
Sony Pictures Animation has unveiled its slate of productions through 2018 that includes a mix of original productions and franchises.
Sony’s animated theatrical lineup includes the following:
- Smurfs: The Lost Village–In theaters April 7, 2017, this fully-animated comedy will deliver another film to the Smurfs franchise.
- Emojimovie: Express Yourself–This movie will offer a comic take on the secret world of our phones and the characters that have become daily necessitates for communication–emojis. The feature is targeted to be released in August 2017.
- The Star (working title)–Scheduled for Dec. 8, 2017, this computer-animated feature will follow a small, but brave, donkey and his animal friends as they become the unsung heroes of the greatest story ever told, the first Christmas. Sony Pictures Animation will produce the feature in association with The Jim Henson Company.
- Hotel Transylvania 3–This follow-up to Sony’s highest grossing film in the U.S. is scheduled to hit theaters Sept. 21, 2018, and will follow the adventures of Dracula, his vampire daughter Mavis and her human husband Johnny.
- Spider-Man–This animated feature is slated to hit theaters Dec. 21, 2018, and will offer a new story surrounding the superhero.
Sony’s animated lineup also includes the new animated TV series “Ghostbusters: Ecto Force,” which will further expand the Ghostbusters cinematic universe. The series is slated for an early 2018 debut.
In other TV news, Sony has also unveiled “Hotel Transylvania: The Television Series” set to air next year and which will focus on the teenage years of Mavis, Dracula’s daughter, and her friends. It will air on Disney Channel worldwide.
Sony will also release the TV series “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” in 2017. The 2D animated series will air on Teletoon in Canada, Cartoon Network in the U.S. and on Turner channels across EMEA, APAC and Latin America.
Finally, Sony will release Surf’s Up 2: Wavemania as a direct-to-video feature next spring that will feature WWE Superstars as an infamous big wave riding crew of penguins known as The Hang 5.
“We are meaningfully stepping up our level of production, while creating an environment that fosters the best talent,” says Kristine Belson, president, Sony Pictures Animation. “Our goal is to enlarge our presence in the animation landscape with a uniquely diverse slate, and our strategy to get there is to let artists drive the movies creatively.”