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Genndy Tartakovsky Won’t Return For ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’

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Genndy Tartakovsky Won’t Return For ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’

Sony executives are champing at the bit for another “Hotel Transylvania” movie following the record-breaking debut of the sequel, but they’ll need to find another director.

“‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ is going to happen without me,” Genndy Tartakovsky tells TheWrap. “Two is enough. I have a lot of other ideas, and I kind of have to express them and have them come out.”

Famed for his work on “Samurai Jack” and “Star Wars: Clone Wars,” Tartakovsky made his feature debut on 2012’s “Hotel Transylvania,” which grossed $354.8 million worldwide. The sequel debuted over the weekend in North America with $47.5 million, breaking the record set by the original film for the best September opening of all time.

Tartakovsky announced in March that he had exited the long-delayed “Popeye” animated movie over creative differences with Sony.

“We made a version that we were happy with, and the studio didn’t like that version,” he elaborates to TheWrap. “It’s still a mystery for me that they didn’t like that version. They wanted to do ‘Popeye’ for the brand recognition and I loved the character and grew up with it, so there was a tug of war. They wanted it really updated, and I can only update it a little before it isn’t ‘Popeye’ anymore. To be truthful, it was in the middle of the Sony hack and the studio was really struggling. It was just really bad timing.”

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