What do you want first, the good news or the bad news?
Okay then, because you say so…
The bad news is that Genndy Tartakovsky‘s Sym-Bionic Titan is coming to an end. The TAG Blog quote a “Cartoon Network insider” who tells them that the show has been axed:
Genddy’s moved on to Sony Pictures Animation. Titan got competitive ratings with other action shows, but what shut it down was it didn’t have enough toys connected to it. If you don’t have the, the studios don’t want to renew for another season.
That is bad news. But the germ of the good news is in there too:
Genddy’s moved on to Sony Pictures Animation.
There’s more info in the comments attached to the same blog post. An anonymous user says:
Not to piss all over you TV peeps but the bigger story here is that Genddy is at Sony Pictures Animation on Hotel Transylvania. Hotel Transylvania has had more directors attached to it than I can count – David Fiess, Jill Culton, Chris Jenkins, Tony Stacci, and most recently Todd Wilderman (who walked off the project to head to DWA where he’s a story guy). WTF is going on with that project?
And despite their overwhelmingly negative tone, I think we’re looking at A Good Thing here. First of all, the project has a new director; secondly it’s a very capable, interesting, exciting director; and thirdly, Tartakovsky is back at work on a feature film again. It’s about time he made the move to the big screen, I think. I was very disappointed when his attempt to mount a sequel to The Dark Crystal was thwarted.*
Here’s an old blurb for the project, though it may be about to change under Tartakovsky’s watch:
A group of classic monsters including Frankenstein, the Mummy, Dracula and the Werewolf who are hiding out in a hotel on the outskirts of Transylvania now that 21st century technology has seemingly made them irrelevant.
Simon Van Helsing, the youngest in a long line of monster hunters. The last thing Van Helsing wants to do is fall in love with Dracula’s Daughter, Mavis. Upon discovering that they are natural enemies, the doomed couple attempts to bring peace between monsters and humans. In the end, each family will have some new blood.
So, it’s another variant on Romeo and Juliet but with monsters. It’s cliched, but I’m sure it can be executed well.
*Though I’m happy that The Spierig Brothers are on the case. Or were… it’s been a long time since we heard anything there…
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