Sony Animation Shelves ‘Smurfs 3’ For New Origin Tale In Franchise Reboot

One thing that’s become evident. It’s hard to kill a Smurf. After a sequel that saw its business nosedive next to the original,  Sony Pictures Animation is changing course and planning a new take on its Smurfs franchise, tapping Shrek 2 and Gnomeo & Juliet director Kelly Asbury to helm an all-animated film with new designs and environments that will focus on the origins of the annoying blue creatures. The new take will be closer to creator Peyo’s original artwork, and it has been targeted for the August 2015 release. They originally planned a straight trilogy, but apparently they will take a mulligan on a second film which contributed to all the heat Sony Pictures brass received from the likes of Daniel Loeb on a subpar 2013 returns. (more…)

This article was printed from https://deadline.com/2014/03/smurfs-origin-movie-replacing-smurfs-3-sony-kelly-asbury-697851/