For animation lovers – especially those who grew up in the 1990s – Genndy Tartakovsky should be a household name. He’s the creator of beloved shows like “Dexter’s Laboratory,” “Samurai Jack,” and “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” and he moved to directing for the big screen in 2012’s smash hit Hotel Transylvania. Deadline just broke the story that he’ll be back to direct Hotel Transylvania 2, but it’s a different project altogether that really has our attention.
The film is called Genndy Tartakovsky’s Can You Imagine?, and though we don’t have a lot of information to go on, we do have this brief logline: the film is “described as a fantastic journey through one boy’s imagination.” Could this be Sony Pictures Animation’s way of battling the upcoming Pixar film Inside Out? It certainly sounds that way, considering Inside Out’s official synopsis says “the inventive new film will take you to a place that everyone knows, but no one has ever seen: the world inside the human mind.” Obviously there were many films which dealt with that kind of material that were filmed before 2010, but I can’t help but feel that the tremendous success of Christopher Nolan’s Inception has something to do with this burgeoning trend. But hey – if that means we get psychological animated films from awesome directors like Pete Docter (Up) and Tartakovsky, that’s fine by me.
Star Adam Sandler and writer Robert Smigel are returning for Hotel Transylvania 2, so the studio is naturally trying to recapture the same magic that made them almost $360 million worldwide the first time around. That sequel is set for a September 2015 release date, and though there’s no date set for Can You Imagine? at this point, it seems likely Tartakovsky will get rolling on that one once he’s cleared the animated monsters off his increasingly busy plate. Then again, he has been toiling away on a CG version of Popeye for Sony also (I told you this guy was busy!), so it’s possible that film will jump Can You Imagine? in line he can finally get it off the ground.
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