Sony’s ‘Hotel Transylvania’ Skipping Theatres, Going Straight to Amazon?

As fears about COVID-19 exposure continue. Film studios are looking for ways to get as many eyes on their films as quickly as possible. Those with their own streaming services are using that as their route to larger audiences, much to the vexation of theatre owners. Since Sony doesn’t have a platform of their own, they’ll be taking Hotel Transylvania: Transformania to Amazon Video.
Theatres will get one more nail in the coffin if the deal between Sony Pictures Animation and Amazon is sealed. According to Variety, the 100 million dollar contract would give Amazon Prime Video the exclusive streaming rights to the fourth and final Hotel Transylvania film. The rights for home video, TV and the Chinese market will remain with Sony, however.
This may all be a rumor. Variety did not name a source and could produce nothing that could confirm the legitimacy of their exclusive info. Neither companies’ representatives would comment on the story.
Could this be the end of theatres as we know it? More and more medium and big-budget films are making their debuts either exclusively on streaming or launching simultaneously in theatres.


Drac and the pack are back, like you’ve never seen them before in Hotel Transylvania: Transformania. Reunite with your favorite monsters for an all-new adventure that presents Drac with his most terrifying task yet. When Van Helsing’s mysterious invention, the “Monsterfication Ray,” goes haywire, Drac and his monster pals are all transformed into humans, and Johnny becomes a monster! In their new mismatched bodies, Drac, stripped of his powers, and an exuberant Johnny, loving life as a monster, must team up and race across the globe to find a cure before it’s too late, and before they drive each other crazy. With help from Mavis and the hilariously human Drac Pack, the heat is on to find a way to switch themselves back before their transformations become permanent.

Mike Phalin

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