The studio originally had set the Jack Black starrer Goosebumps for March 23, 2016, and in March it targeted the untitled Smurfs reboot for August 2015. Scratch that. Now Sony says director Rob Letterman’s adaptation of the popular R.L. Stine book series will start its kid-scaring on August 7, 2015, and the little blue guys will return to theaters for Round 3 on August 5, 2016. Compared to its predecessor, the live-action/toon hybrid sequel The Smurfs 2 pretty much bombed when it debuted on the same weekend last year — August 2, to be exact. So for the third go-round, Sony brass tapped Gnomeo & Juliet and Shrek 2 helmer Kelly Asbury to direct an all-animated film with new designs and environments that will focus on the creatures origins and hew more closely to the original artwork. So as it’s set now, Original Film’s Goosebumps will counterprogram Fox’s vidgame adaptation Assassin’s Creed, and Untilted Smurfs Movie has no competitors on its weekend yet.
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