I got a sneak peek at Sony’s upcoming Hotel Transylvania (Sept. 28) and speak with director Genndy Tartakovsky and producer Michelle Murdocca for my latest TOH/Indiewire column.
“I wanted my first movie to be an original,” Tartakovsky insists, “and as soon as I read that it was Dracula the dad, maybe it was just me being a father, but I found it interesting. I thought I could twist all those myths about Dracula, exploit them, and make them different as a parent’s point of view. The big test for me with any kind of concept is if I can have a lot of ideas right away without thinking hard and so I went home and wrote four pages of ideas and they kept flowing out. I’ve always wanted to do the Tex Avery style. Being funny is exhilarating.”