Sony Pictures Animation Slate 2017 & 2018

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Sony Pictures Animation Slate for 2017 and 2018 Announced

Sony Pictures Animation signals an expansion of output and increased production year-round across multiple platforms. Sony Pictures Animation has announced their slate through 2018. Their slate includes 5 theatrical features, 3 television series, and one direct-to-video movie.

Sony Pictures Animation Slate

Theatrical Features:

  • Smurfs: The Lost VillageSony Pictures Animation Slate

    • A completely animated comedy that will bring a brand new take on the famous blue beings. The film is set to hit theaters April 7, 2017.
      • Director: Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2, Gnomeo & Juliet)
      • Producer: Jordan Kerner (The Smurfs 1 & 2, Charlotte’s Web)
      • Written by: Stacey Harman & Pamela Ribbon
      • Starring: Demi Lovato as Smurfette, Jack McBrayer as Clumsy, Joe Manganiello as Hefty, Danny Pudi as Brainy, and Rain Wilson as Gargamel, with Mandy Patinkin as Papa Smurf
  • Emojimovie: Express YourselfSony Pictures Animation Slate

    • Toy Story about our phones set aiming to release in August 2017.
      • Director: Anthony Leondis
      • Producer: Michelle Raimo Kouyate
      • Written By: Anthony Leondis & Eric Siegel
  • The Star (Working Title)

    • A computer-animated feature about a brave donkey and his other animal friends become the unsung heroes of the first Christmas. Scheduled for December 8, 2017.
      • Director: Timothy Reckart (Head over Heels)
      • Executive Producers: DeVon Franklin, Lisa Henson, and Brian Henson
      • Written By: Carlos Kotkin & Simon Moore
  • Hotel Transylvania 3

    • Sony Pictures Animation’s highest-grossing film in the US, set for September 21, 2018.
      • Director: Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory, Star Wars: Clone Wars, Samurai Jack)
      • Executive Producer: Adam Sandler
      • Written by: Michael McCullers (Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Boss Baby)
      • Starring: Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, and Andy Samberg as Dracula, Mavis, and Johnny
  • Animated Spider-Man Feature

    • From Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, the geniuses behind The Lego Movie. Scheduled for December 21, 2018.
      • Director: Bob Persichetti (Puss in BootsThe Little Prince)
      • Produced by: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller
      • Written by: Phil Lord, Avi Arad, and Amy Pascal

Animated Series

  • Ghostbusters: Ecto Force

    • This series will expand on the cinematic universe and focus on Ghostbusters in the year 2050, picture Batman Beyond via Ghostbusters. Scheduled for early 2018.
      • Executive Produced by Ivan Reitman and his production company Ghost Corps.
  • Hotel Transylvania: The Television Series

    • Targeting a 2017 airdate on the Disney Channel, the series will focus on Mavis’ teenage years.
  • Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs

    • This will be a 2D series slated to air in 2017 on Cartoon Network.


  • Surf’s Up 2: Wavemania

    • Set to release Spring 2017, this sequel to the 2007 Oscar nominee will partner up with WWE Studios to bring us the story of The Hang 5 big wave riding crew.
      • Director: Henry Yu
      • Producer: Michelle Wong
      • Starring: John Cena, The Undertaker, Triple H, Diva Paige, and Mr. McMahon

The Sony Pictures Animation Slate has quite a bit in store over the next few years. I’m a bit disappointed to not see a sequel for Ratchet & Clank or the Sly Cooper movie anywhere there, but that’s probably a different part of the business. I am most excited for, yet another untitledSpider-Man property and Ghostbusters: Ecto Force (aka Ghostbusters Beyond). Sony has a lot of interesting properties they can work with, and it looks like they are beginning to expand on them. Should be an exciting time for everyone.

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